Bouquets from the Cannon's Mouth: Soldiering with the Eight Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserves

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Organized in the spring of 1861, the Pennsylvania Reserves became of the storied divisions in the Army of the Potomac. Focusing on five young volunteers who served with the Reserves' Eight Regiment, Bouquets from the Cannon's Mouth tells the story of the regiment and the legendary division it belonged to. Drawing on numerous letters, diaries, and other personal accounts, Eberly immerses the reader in the heartbreak of the American Civil War and brings to life the camaraderie of a nineteenth-century band of ...
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Organized in the spring of 1861, the Pennsylvania Reserves became of the storied divisions in the Army of the Potomac. Focusing on five young volunteers who served with the Reserves' Eight Regiment, Bouquets from the Cannon's Mouth tells the story of the regiment and the legendary division it belonged to. Drawing on numerous letters, diaries, and other personal accounts, Eberly immerses the reader in the heartbreak of the American Civil War and brings to life the camaraderie of a nineteenth-century band of brothers. Of the five volunteers who form the focus of the story, one lost a leg at Antietam, one died in a Confederate prison at Salisbury, North Carolina, and the three who survived the war were so broken by their experience as prisoners of war it took them years to recover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572493735
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    First-hand accounts of CW horror , sorrow and adventure

    Civil War expert Eberly integrates exhaustive research into a highly readable, frequently gripping account of the famed Pennsylvania Reserves, often employing first-hand accounts, as the Reservists mature from parochial farm boys to hardened vets and in some cases, unfortunately, to prisoners in the Confederacy's infamous Salisbury POW camp. Eberly displays real talent at inhabiting the hearts and minds of these young men as they're swept into the struggle to save the young Union. Most compelling are the prison-camp diaries of two young POW's, one of whom perished under Salisbury's harsh regime. A splendid piece of work, and a must for anyone interested in the histories of the War Between the States or of Pennsylvania.

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