Where I'm Bound by Allen B Ballard
A Novel

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"A former slave turned cavalry scout becomes a hero for an African-American cavalry regiment in the Civil War. But, as the war draws to an end, the soldier, Joe Duckett, embarks on his most dangerous mission yet-to return to the plantation from which he escaped to find his wife and daughter.
A Washington Post Notable Book. Also a winner of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
""The important story of black soldiers in the Union Army has finally found a writer of historical fiction equal to the occasion."" James A McPherson, Professor of History, Princeton University"
 

About Allen B Ballard

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Allen Ballard is a professor of history and Africana studies at SUNY-Albany. He is the author of "One More Day's Journey "and "Where I'm Bound," which was a "Washington Post" Notable Book of the Year and winner of the First Novelist prize from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He lives in Clifton Park, New York.
 
Published February 10, 2011 by iUniverse. 320 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the story is swiftly paced and filled with vivid incidents, many of which, as an Author’s Note explains, are indeed historical: the court-martial aboard ship (a steamboat carrying cotton to Vicksburg) of a racist civilian who had interfered with a black soldier on sentry duty;

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Nonfiction author Ballard (The Education of Black Folk), a history and African-American studies professor, combines both areas of expertise in his debut novel, to show what life was like for black cavalry scout Joe Duckett and an all-black regiment during the Civil War.

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