Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sample chapters on Andersonville and Gettysburg from Hiram's Honor are on the Cleveland Civil War Round Table website (click here).
After surviving long marches, low morale, and horrific battles, the Confederates swarm over his regiment at Gettysburg on the first day of the great battle. Now a prisoner, he faces a grueling death march south with a defeated, angry Rebel army. Worse, a grinding, lice-ridden death by starvation awaits him at Richmond's Belle Island and later, the infamous Andersonville. How did he survive? http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HPJGH0 firstname.lastname@example.org
|I am now reading Sing Not War by James Marten which describes the post-war experiences of Civil War veterans. It was interesting to discover the controversies surrounding pensions and soldier's homes in the period 1865-1910. Many Civil War veterans (both Union and Confederate) experienced difficult times socially and economically after the war, especially the disabled. Others adapted to the "men--help yourself up" attitudes and industrialization of the Gilded Age. Most Civil War memoirs and other writings did not come out or become popular until the 1880's. It was as if thoughts on the Civil War were not popular early on and then became interesting after a decade or two.|