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Sergeant Curtis, Boone, Bucky, and Jimmy have fought together in some of the most famous battles the Civil War had to offer, Antietam and Gettysburg, for example. On May 31, 1864, it was time for them to decide to continue on as a Bucktail and see the war through or head on home as their enlistment service time had succeeded. Jimmy wanted to pursue a law degree, and Bucky, who had started a young family, decided their soldering days were over. As for Sergeant Curtis and Boone, they reenlisted with the Bucktails and became part of the 190th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Will Boone and Curtis overcome the obstacles many soldiers face during the war and be two of the few original Bucktails left to see their new enlistment term all the way through to the end?

The 190th Bucktails: Catchin' Bobby Lee written by William P. Robertson is just one of the author's many Civil War novels. The book introduces readers to the Pennsylvania Bucktails during the end of the Civil War. The author writes in a unique dialog suited for the time period. For example, the use of the words "gol-dang" (God Damn), "jess" (just), "kin" (can), and "bully" (great) are used throughout the text and are meant to represent the slang language often used. By incorporating the dialog of the Civil War era as such, a reader can fully grasp an understanding of each character's lifestyle, habits, and emotions. The historical facts such as the whereabouts of each battle are accurate, even if the characters are fictional. The author provides many intricate maps throughout the book, providing a reader with a timeline of sorts, with the locations and dates, allowing for full comprehension of the geographical location of the Union and Confederate Army in each chapter. The photographs supplied within the book are of both reenactors and original Union soldiers. Having the unique dialog, the detailed maps, and the photos of the soldiers, the author creates a complete understanding of the story plot for his readers.

The 190th Bucktails: Catchin' Bobby Lee is an adventurous, entertaining, and educational tale for both young adolescents and adults to read, learn with, and enjoy. This book can be read on its own to fully grasp the characters' individual personalities and the historical timeline within. It is recommended that the previously published novels in the series are read beforehand. I have read all of William P. Robertson's Bucktail books. I would recommend them all including this one to anyone interested in historical fiction and the Civil War. I absolutely couldn't put them down.

Michelle Robertson - (Jul 27, 2014)


From our first introduction to a young Indian boy's survival, we are drawn to the courage evinced by Bucky and his abiding friendship with his opposite, the minister's son. This book is well-researched creative nonfiction that will delight the reader in its understanding of true friendship and what it was like to live and grow up quickly in Civil War times.

Elizabeth Klungness - Editor and Author


Entertaining fiction...historical accuracy...the kind of work that will lead our younger generation to appreciate the sacrifices of the Civil War and create a desire to continue to preserve our history as they grow and mature. Bravo!

Captain Richard G. Adams - Bucktail Historian


The thing I really like about the Bucktail novel series is that the authors give a real sense of the day-to-day life of the Civil War without lecturing. It'll be an eye-opener for many kids to realize that it wasn't all fighting but lots of sitting around, eating lousy food, and pointless marches.

Gary Miller - PBS Educational Content Developer


As an educator, I see the Bucktail novel series as an excellent teaching tool for middle school social studies. Not only is it readable (very important) and accurate, it also gives the student plenty of everyday details on how the people who fought the war lived...a highly useable and recommended resource.

G. W. Thomas - Canadian Educator, Author, and Editor


I highly recommend this book for all middle schoolers, even those reluctant readers.

Bonnie Forrest - Horseheads, NY English teacher


PERILS is outstanding historical fiction that's both informative and entertaining.

Larry Snyder - Retired Elementary Teacher
The authors' passion and technical expertise shows throughout the Bucktail series. William P. Robertson is himself a Civil War buff and re-enactor, and his enthusiasm shows through his writing and photographs. Robertson does most of his own photography and there are several great photos of fellow re-enactors, which bring the books and time period to life.


The opening of the book is fantastic--I was intrigued by the story from the beginning. I thought the accents and historical details were very effective in evoking the world of the Civil War, while, at the same time, they did not hold back the plot. It's an adventurous and inspirational story, and also an interesting personal spin on the Civil War. I thought the pictures were used to good effect throughout the text. This could be one of those few and far between books that young boys could read for pleasure.

Judge 9 - Judge's Commentary WRITER'S DIGEST 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards (Nov 12, 2007)

I find the book to be well researched and a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and action-oriented prose.
Kevin Coolidge - WELLSBORO GAZETTE (Jul 30, 2008)


Although this novel is a sidebar to the Bucktail series, it remains true in tone and quality. If anything, it is more focused than The Bucktails' Shenandoah March which takes place at the same time. If you like historical accuracy and realistic character development both are here. Once again the battle scenes are intense without being needlessly graphic. A great 3rd novel!


Once again William Robertson and David Rimer have added another action-packed adventure to their amazing series. Rich in history, action, adventure, and personality they have introduced another generation to the era of the Civil War. The book is complete with a bibliography, photos of Civil War reenactors and maps of the Bucktails' routes with dates. Also, they have included information on real life Bucktails, with personal letters, photos, enlistment information, and more. Robertson and Rimer have outdone themselves with their last novel in the series. The Bucktails' Last Call is an adventurous gem of a novel that all should read.

Thank you for the Bucktail novels. It is refreshing to find authors who do not hold the following equation true: young=dumb. With these books you weave stories that entertain my middle age self but I can, and have, recommended them to friends to share with their sons.


Wow. The Bucktails' Last Call is a near flawless conclusion to the wonderful seven book series. Here Bucky Culp, Jimmy Jewett et al continue to be developed at the same time they battle illness, faith issues, growing up, nature, and in very well described action the Confederacy. These are not carbon copies of the same characters first seen in Hayfoot, Strawfoot but more mature slightly darker men those boys became. This development is not limited to the main characters but to all around them. Emotionally, this is the most intense in the series. Sadness, fear, joy will come to you while reading. Also of note are the multi-page historical asides which provide a meter for historical accuracy. Reading this series is worth it if for nothing else but to reach this wonderful book.


Attack in the Alleghenies by William P. Robertson is well-crafted historical fiction set in mid-eighteenth century Pennsylvania. Author Robertson's careful attention to detail would make this book a useful addition to middle school social studies supplemental reading lists, especially in, but not limited to, Pennsylvania schools. The book is easy reading for a young person, and many middle-school-aged boys would find the savage scenes of torture and scalp taking to be fascinating, which might motivate them to take more of an interest in local history. The book should also prove of interest to adult readers with a bent toward this particular setting and historical period.

The novel follows the adventures of Lightnin' Jack Hawkins and his trapper friends, dour Alexander MacDonald, ancient Bearbite Bob Winslow and young Will Cutler and their Indian wives, Little Mink, Gathering Flowers, Bear Woman, and Bright Star, from Hawkins' capture by "rum selling vermin" to his adoption into the Delaware tribe at Kit-Han-Ne to the defeat of the tribe and the death of the charismatic chief, Captain Jacobs, at the Battle of Kittanning (Kit-Han-Ne).

Attack in the Alleghenies is a well-put-together book, illustrated with photographs from French and Indian War reenactments and includes an introduction that clearly delineates the historic events covered by the novel, a bibliography, glossary and a list of characters both fictional and historic.


Attack in the Alleghenies by William P. Robertson and David Rimer is a well written re-enactment of a specific battle in the mid 1700s, during the French/Indian War. Filled with sometimes gory, but accurate accounts of the brutality of this period in American history, the authors' novel gives the reader a clear image of the harshness of early pioneer life.

Attack in the Alleghenies tells the story of three men in particular who, for their own reasons, decide to aid nearby settlers and soldiers in a vicious battle for their very survival against the group of Indians in alliance with French soldiers. The book also touches on the issues of compassion and humanity, told through the experiences and eyes of these three heroes.

The photos dispersed throughout the book, which show modern day re-enactments of attacks in the Alleghenies are great and help provide visual images of the terrifying painted faces of the Indians, the soldiers, and the forest environment.

The ONE thing that threw me off what the book would be about was the cover. To me, though the cover image is great art--it seems too modern, too 'metal', to connect with the story's mid 1700s period of American history.

I rather enjoyed reading Robertson's Attack in the Alleghenies and would love to read more of his books concerning American history.


My grandson loves your Civil War series and now the Ambush & Attack in the Alleghenies books. You can't write them fast enough to keep up with his eagerness to read them. Thanks for keeping a pre-teen reading!

Jean Ann Shields (Feb 1, 2011)


I loved the goriness, humor, and information in your latest book.  I especially enjoyed passages like page 183, "It's like we stood up ta a bully, an' he went an' fetched his bigger brother."  There was one line "I was shaking like a dog crappin' peach stones" that was so funny!  I read the book until it was done.  That's how good it was.  Kudos to you!

Kathy Herzog (Sep 22, 2011)


This Robertson/Rimer work is among the best they have produced, and I've been privileged to have read them all. More than a fictional account of the Civil War, more than a diary of battles, The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th takes you into the camps, through the arduous training, and onto the front lines of brutal battles. You will retch at the filth they endure, feel the pain of their fatigue, and cringe from the horrific battle scenes. Historically accurate tidbits, like how Civil War soldiers dressed in raggedy clothes and how they could tell friend from foe during the heat of battle, are scattered throughout the book. As with earlier Robertson/Rimer adventure tales, The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th is well worth your time and will leave you hungry for more.

Dan Day - (Sep 30, 2011)


This is not a paint by numbers action tale with little or no background. This is a slice of 19th Century life focused on brothers Henry and Willie Cole. This approach acts to intensify the tension and violence of war when it is presented in well written passages. Henry and Willie mature from the night their family's barn burns to the fields of Gettysburg. Because of the high level of historically accurate detail, expect realizing that you had never known/considered a certain fact or viewpoint before.  A good read.

Segapup - (Sep 30, 2011)


The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th tells the story of an actual American Civil War regiment through the experiences of two fictional characters, the brothers Henry and Willie Cole. It combines historical accuracy, real veterans, and period jargon into a highly readable and riveting tale of the unit's contribution during the war. It is an excellent and highly recommended addition to the authors' previous books on the Pennsylvania Bucktails.

Sharon Aaron - (Sep 30, 2011)


Even if I hadn't read the other series, I already know they were all good.

The story is readable and well-described. Life at the time of war is presented. The author proved to be skilled in this genre, transporting readers to a time where the story exists. Using pictures serves not only as an ice-breaker but also provides information and insight into the book.

Using also the younger generation as the center of the story makes a great impact on that generation. It enables them to connect with what the characters are really feeling at that time, how one feels under the pressure of life and death, and to grow and become a true person in the middle of a civil war.

The book is both an educational tool and entertainment. I was informed and at the same time I enjoyed reading. This is an easy way to educate people about America's history, not by giving long and tedious lectures but by letting them read a book/series/novel that would entertain them and keep them reading.

I recommend this book to all historians or should I say educators out there, since using this tool to teach kids would be enjoyable. I recommend it to teenagers, too, who want to virtually experience the Civil War.

avry15 - (Nov 15, 2011)


I won this book thru Library Thing, and it was a quick read. It follows two fictional characters who are brothers, Henry and Willie Cole. I really did like the writing style of this author and felt like I was there along with the characters seeing and experiencing what they were doing. I have never read any books by this author before, and I was really impressed by it. This book was fiction but based upon actual events that took place at Gettysburg. I highly recommend this one to all history buffs.

lg4154 - (Oct 23, 2011)


Brave Men's Blood is a historically accurate cloudy Memorial Day, not a Hollywood sunny Fourth of July study of war. Brothers Henry and Willie Cole and their cousin, Asher, are the focus of the tale of the last Civil War battles of the Fighting 149th Bucktails. We are drawn, sore feet and weary heart, full into the world of boredom, love, all too human superiors, and occasional failures punctuated by the cannon blast of blood lust and fear of battle. These are men and boys stuck in a war that needs to happen but is hell to fight. A worthy followup to The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th and the original Bucktail series.

Larry West - (May 31, 2012)

Times were hard on families during the Civil War years. In THE BUCKTAIL BROTHERS OF THE FIGHTING 149TH, the Cole family's barn burns down to the ground. Money is tight, and they don't know where they are going to get the money to rebuild the barn until their sons Henry and Willie Cole decide to join the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry led by Lieutenant Colonel Walton Dwight. Their mother is distraught at the thought of her two teenage sons going off to war. Their father felt that way at first, but the $100 cash for the boys joining would help raise a new barn and keep the farm going for a while.

Henry and Willie say goodbye to their parents and head off with their infantry unit. They quickly learn the ways of being a soldier, even though Henry is a little cocky at times and Willie is stubborn. The two brothers become part of the Pennsylvania Bucktails that fought on the fields of Gettysburg. Their fellow soldiers fell dead and others are wounded, but with great courage, the boys fought on.

I love anything about the Civil War and reading book one in the Bucktail series was a wonderful treat for me. The book is aimed for middle graders and young adults, but adults can enjoy the historical accuracy of it. I felt for Henry and Willie as they are far too young to be in the middle of a battlefield. The majority of the photos throughout the book are of real Civil War reenactors, which gives you an idea of how people dressed during the Civil War. This is a wonderful book for kids to read, and it should be a mandatory read in school classes that are studying the Civil War. Kids will be instantly interested in the Cole brothers because they are about the same age. I recommend THE BUCKTAIL BROTHERS OF THE FIGHTING 149TH to all readers.