Upon These Steps
Book Review Excerpts
By: ForeWord Clarion Reviews - February 1, 2013
The “glory seekers” of 1861, as David C. Reavis calls his ancestors and others who answered
the call to the colors, soon learned that war was anything but glorious. In Upon These Steps,
Reavis chronicles the experiences of two brothers and their brother-in-law who served in the
23rd North Carolina Regiment, detailing how they suffered not just in battle but also in hospitals
and prisoner of war camps.
The author grew up in the house where these soldiers were raised, walked the fields
where they farmed, and visited the battlegrounds where they fought. His thirty-five years of
research into family documents, local records, and military histories and reports yielded a
treasure trove of detail, but these are merely the buttons and braid to the well-tailored uniform
that is Upon These Steps.
Upon These Steps is a solid piece of both Civil War and family history. Its few
shortcomings aside, it deserves a place on the nightstand of any who are intrigued by works of