1862. While the main forces clash to the west at Shiloh in a colossal battle, a small Union force moves southward into northern Alabama. They are overextended and soon in desperate need of reinforcements. Local partisans bushwhack remote sentry postings nightly. Frustration builds over the loss of life. Rumors abound of the presence of Rebel cavalry moving into the region in the aftermath of Shiloh.GABRIEL'S TRUMPET is the story of Patrick and Timothy, two young soldiers who find themselves in the middle of the action in a brutal fight that has no front line. The nightmarish landscape of war displaces any notions the two have of glory as they struggle to make sense of the violence and somehow survive.
Patrick and Timothy and their comrades-in-€arms come face-to-€face with the grim reality of slavery and what is really at stake in the Civil War. Their encounters with slaves and slave hunters and with planters and partisans gradually transform them over time and ultimately push them to the edge in a gripping climax.