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All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

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All for the Union is the eloquent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after fighting hard and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. Anyone who heard these diaries excerpted on the PBS-TV series The Civil War will recognize his accounts of those campaigns, which remain outstanding for their clarity and detail. Most of all, Rhodes's words reveal the motivation of a common Yankee ...

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All for the Union is the eloquent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after fighting hard and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. Anyone who heard these diaries excerpted on the PBS-TV series The Civil War will recognize his accounts of those campaigns, which remain outstanding for their clarity and detail. Most of all, Rhodes's words reveal the motivation of a common Yankee foot soldier, an otherwise ordinary young man who endured the rigors of combat and exhausting marches, short rations, fear, and homesickness for a salary of $13 a month and the satisfaction of giving "all for the union."

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"One of the best firsthand accounts I have read of campaigning and combat in the Civil War." — James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"One of the most remarkable diaries I have ever read. Elisha Hunt Rhodes saw action from Bull Run to Appomattox and somehow survived, and his diary came to represent, better than any other I found, the spirit of the Union soldier." — Ken Burns, director and writer of The Civil War

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679738282
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Edition description: First Vintage Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 368,496
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    If you love the Civil War, then you'll love this.

    This is a great book if you love the Civil War and understand the vocabulary of it all. I read it when I was twelve and I couldn't put it down. It starts off good, gets slow in the middle, and ends well. When your done with this book I promise that you'll feel like you know Elish Hunt Rhodes as a brother. It gets slow and dull in the middle because he says everything he does day-to-day. So most of the time he is marching and sitting in camp. A must read for all Civil War Buffs! You'll love his accounts of battles.

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