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Black Cloud Rising

by David Wright Falade

Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade X
Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade
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    Feb 2022, 304 pages

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    Jan 20, 2023, 304 pages

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In this novel based on a little-known Civil War episode, a formerly enslaved man takes to the battlefield as a Union soldier and wrestles with his identity.

By late fall of 1863, the American Civil War was in its pivotal third year. Along the Virginia Tidewater region, Union forces were in control and pushing into eastern North Carolina, with a tentative toehold in the Outer Banks. Along with the soldiers of Abraham came emancipation for the enslaved and — for the men — the opportunity to sign up for the Union cause. In December, the newly formed African Brigade, under the command of fiery abolitionist, one-armed General Edward Augustus Wild, set out for a three-week raid to root out Confederate Partisan Rangers and free the remaining enslaved. Among them was Sergeant Richard Etheridge, the real-life historical figure and beating heart of David Wright Faladé's mesmerizing debut adult novel, Black Cloud Rising.

A complicated but fascinating figure, Etheridge is born a "Banker" (i.e., a native of Roanoke Island in the Outer...

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