The Cotillion Brigade: A Novel of the Civil War and the Most Famous Female Militia in American History by Glen Craney

Publication Date: March 15, 2021 Brigid’s Fire Press Paperback & eBook; 399 pages

Georgia burns.Sherman’s Yankees are closing in.Will the women of LaGrange run or fight? Based on the true story of the celebrated Nancy Hart Rifles, The Cotillion Brigade is a sweeping epic of the Civil War’s ravages on family and love, the resilient bonds of sisterhood amid devastation, and the miracle of reconciliation between bitter enemies. “Gone With The Wind meets A League Of Their Own.” 1856. Sixteen-year-old Nannie Colquitt Hill makes her debut in the antebellum society of the Chattahoochee River plantations. A thousand miles to the north, a Wisconsin farm boy, Hugh LaGrange, joins an Abolitionist crusade to ban slavery in Bleeding Kansas. Five years later, secession and total war against the homefronts of Dixie hurl them toward a confrontation unrivaled in American history. Nannie defies the traditions of Southern gentility by forming a women’s militia and drilling it four long years to prepare for battle. With their men dead, wounded, or retreating with the Confederate armies, only Captain Nannie and her Fighting Nancies stand between their beloved homes and the Yankee torches. Hardened into a slashing Union cavalry colonel, Hugh duels Rebel generals Joseph Wheeler and Nathan Bedford Forrest across Tennessee and Alabama. As the war churns to a bloody climax, he is ordered to drive a burning stake deep into the heart of the Confederacy. Yet one Georgia town—which by mocking coincidence bears Hugh’s last name—stands defiant in his path. Read the remarkable story of the Southern women who formed America’s most famous female militia and the Union officer whose life they changed forever.

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About the Author

A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney practiced trial law before joining the Washington, D.C. press corps to write about national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. In 1996, the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship prize for best new screenwriting. His debut historical novel, The Fire and the Light, was named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards. He is a three-time Finalist/Honorable Mention winner of Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year and a Chaucer Award winner for Historical Fiction. His books have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, the Scotland of Robert Bruce, Portugal during the Age of Discovery, the trenches of France during World War I, the battlefields of the Civil War, and the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. He lives in Malibu, California, and has served as president of the Southern California Chapter of the Historical Novel Society.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 19 Feature at Cover Lover Book ReviewTuesday, April 20 Review at Hoover Book ReviewsWednesday, April 21 Feature at Books, Ramblings, and TeaThursday, April 22 Excerpt at Passages to the PastFriday, April 23 Feature at Reading is My RemedyMonday, April 26 Guest Post at Pamela StephenWednesday, April 28 Review at 100 Pages a DayThursday, April 29 Guest Post at Novels AliveFriday, April 30 Feature at BookworlderMonday, May 3 Review & Excerpt at Robin Loves ReadingTuesday, May 4 Interview at Books & BenchesWednesday, May 5 Review at Novels AliveThursday, May 6 Review at Two Bookish BabesFriday, May 7 Feature at View from the BirdhouseSaturday, May 8 Feature at I’m Into BooksMonday, May 10 Review at Girl Who Reads Review at A Darn Good ReadFriday, May 14 Review at The Enchanted Shelf Interview at American Historical Novels


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