We Look Like Men of War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: William R. Forstchen

Narrated By: Andrew Barnes

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2006

Duration: 6 hours 12 minutes


From the best-selling author of The Lost Regiment series comes this factually based narrative of the black military experience in the Civil War. "I was born a slave, as was my father before me, but I shall die a free man." Thus begins the poignant story of Samuel Washburn, born a slave in 1850. A young master's cruelty leads to an unforeseen confrontation, which results in Sam and his cousin fleeing the plantation for their lives. They run north to freedom, only to return south to fight for the greater cause. Though still a boy, Sam becomes a regimental drummer with a "colored regiment" and sees action in the Wilderness campaign at Fredericksburg and Petersburg, as well as at the bloody Battle of the Crater in July of 1864. Sam's voice offers a unique and insightful perspective on the carnage of the War between the States and the toll it took on both young and old, black and white.


  • Jim C

    Civil war history from a former slave's perspective. This is actually a reasonably accurate portrayal of life in the Union Army for a former slave. The author does a good job of letting us consider what they were truly fighting for in their eyes. While the events described occurred you might call this a historical novel. I enjoyed the book, the reader is good.

We Look Like Men of War

by William R. Forstchen

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We Look Like Men of War, William R. Forstchen