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The Hogs of Cold Harbor: The Civil War Saga of Private Johnny Hess Book Review Summary

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"The Hogs of Cold Harbor" is based on the actual war diary of Private John Henry Hess, Co. G, 29th VA Infantry Regiment, Longstreet's Corps, Pickett's Division, 1863-1864.
    Pvt. Hess fought in 13 vicious major battles in four campaigns. But the most horrible experience Hess faced was the knowledge that "armies of the night" in the form of wild hogs (in the hundreds) followed both Southern and Northern armies waiting for battles. The hogs were smart -- smart enough to stay out of rifle range during encampments and battles. But also smart enough to invade battlefields at night to eat the wounded and dead, knowing instinctively that no fire would fall upon them because the flares of rifle barrels would bring instant sharpshooter response.
The review of this Book prepared by Allan Langley








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   american civil war period War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   Civil War Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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