“Copperhead, Book Two: Ball’s Bluff, 1862” by Bernard Cornwell (Harper Perennial, 2002)

The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles:
Part Two of Four


Nathaniel Starbuck is back again, and fighting begins anew with the Civil War at the battles of Ball’s Bluff and Seven Pines.  Starbuck’s mettle is tested, but he is nevertheless victorious.  The Confederates are still unable to deal with the fact that Starbuck is a Yankee fighting against his own people.

Inevitable, he is accused of being a spy, chased, brutally interrogated, but he is not the guy they’re looking for.  Starbuck’s only choice is to find out who the real traitor is, taking him back to his people, who are now his enemies.  Copperhead delves deeper into the psyche of Starbuck, as the reader becomes one with him, joining him in his never-ending war where everyone seems to be against him.

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Originally published on November 4th, 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.