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On a balmy day in April 1863, Union Colonel Abel D. Streight, at the head of a brigade of federal infantry, set out on a 220-mile ride to destroy the Western and Atlantic railroad at Rome, Georgia. The most fascinating thing about the raid is that Streight's brigade of four infantry regiments, almost 1,800 soldiers, was mounted on mules, a huge problem in itself; few of his men had ever ridden a horse, let alone a mule. But not only did Streight have almost 1,600 stubborn and wily animals to contend with, he soon found himself being relentlessly pursued by the inimitable Confederate cavalry commander, General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The raid soon turned into a running battle between Streight's raiders and Forrest's cavalry. For Streight, it was a long and tortuous journey across Northern Alabama. For Forrest, it was one defeat after another at the hands of the very "able" Abel Streight, even though he, Forrest, had the advantage of home territory and the sympathy and aid of the local populace.

There are some wildly hilarious moments involving the mules and their new masters; or is it the other way around? There's plenty of action and suspense and an unforgettable cast of characters, real and fictional, animal and human; some you will come to love, some...not so much.

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. This amazing story proves the point, for the end of the story is...well, unbelievable.

The Mule Soldiers is the true story - fictionalized - of Colonel Abel Streight's raid into Northern Alabama that took place from April 19th to May 3rd of 1863. It is an enthralling and bittersweet story that will stay with you long after you have you have finished listening to it.

©2014 Blair Howard (P)2015 Blair Howard

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very well told & written

clear & presise speaking,a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat & wanting more.differcult to wait for the next one.

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A really good read

A really good and entertaining read/listen. The subtle mix of history and fictional conversations.

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A fascinating story in American history

I really liked this audiobook. I found it engrossing how chance and character involved had more influence than numbers and armaments.

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  • Suzanne
  • 13-03-16

Great historical story, captivating.

A well read, entertaining book. The reader had me living the story marching along, hoping Col. Sullivan would complete his mission.

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  • Raymond Kurtze
  • 20-11-20

Great listen

Wow a piece of over looked history. And all of it true!! Great listen. Well narrated

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  • John
  • 15-06-20

An exciting Civil War adventure with mules

The Mule Soldiers is an exciting Civil War adventure based on the true story about a bunch of Northern soldiers riding on a secret mission mounted on mules. For anyone who enjoys Civil War stories, this is a great one. The narrator does a terrific job bringing the story to life. He is very good at giving the characters unique voices. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 28-05-20

Another well-written & enjoyable cozy mystery

The Mule Soldiers A Novel of the American Civil War by author Blair Howard. Well-written historical blend of fact and fiction. I was been given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Kevin O'Brien's narration added to the book's enjoyment for this history major. I'll be reading more by this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 07-05-20

Interesting History

THE MULE SOLDIERS by Blair Howard. A glimpse of the civil war. Streight knew the territory was wild, rough, and with no horses available donkeys would be better. Not knowing the mules were unbroken, and many sickly, and not as many as he needed. He was trained for infantry not cavalry, as Forrest was. His goal was to destroy parts of Western and Atlantic railroad . Forrest, had the men, horses, and they were trained. He was on home territory and had the sympathy and support of the locals What encountered was history. This is written by Blair, full of details, funny, fact and fiction and keeps you reading. . Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.