Angry Heavens

Struggles of a Confederate Surgeon

by David Michael Dunaway



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/6/2019

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 746
ISBN : 9781480880900
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 746
ISBN : 9781480880894

About the Book

In this historical novel, a skilled Charleston surgeon in the Army of Northern Virginia questions everything he knows as truth when faced with the horrors of the Civil War.


The Civil War inevitably approaches. Two young Charlestonians, the Irish Catholic Mary Assumpta Bailey, and the English Protestant James Merriweather are soon to be intertwined through marriage, medicine, and their aversion to slavery.


Mary Assumpta Bailey, her brother, Dr. John Bailey, and his medical apprentice, Dr. James Merriweather, openly serve anyone who walks through the doors of their Charleston medical practice – white, free blacks, seamen, or slaves. Equally, and despite its flaws, they also share an abiding love for the South.


Dr. James Merriweather feels an enduring duty to the young men dying in battle and to his young family weathering the War on their small farm on Horlbeck Creek, South Carolina. Merriweather joins the War confident in the knowledge he can use his surgical skills to save the injured and send them back to their families. Rather quickly, Merriweather realizes how unprepared he is for the horrors of battle.  Thus he begins a slow journey into his own war with darkness–his sanity precariously in the balance.

About the Author

David Michael Dunaway is a son of the South, educated in the Alabama public schools from first grade through postgraduate degrees.


His Deep South accent–easily heard in his writing–was born of a rural Alabama upbringing filled with Baptist preaching, family fish-fries, and fall Saturday afternoons spent rabbit hunting.