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Posted October 20, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.