David Frakes Day, Civil War Hero and Notorious Frontier Newspaperman

Overview

Soon after the start of the Civil War, 14-year-old runaway David Frakes Day told the so-called "patriotic lie" when he falsified his age and enlisted in the 57th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, becoming perhaps the youngest full-time spy in American military history. His courageous feats at the Battle of Vicksburg two years later eventually earned him a Medal of Honor, and his remarkable escapes from Andersonville and other military prisons—including one the night before his scheduled ...

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Overview

Soon after the start of the Civil War, 14-year-old runaway David Frakes Day told the so-called "patriotic lie" when he falsified his age and enlisted in the 57th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, becoming perhaps the youngest full-time spy in American military history. His courageous feats at the Battle of Vicksburg two years later eventually earned him a Medal of Honor, and his remarkable escapes from Andersonville and other military prisons—including one the night before his scheduled execution—remain the stuff of Civil War legend.

Day's postwar career as a muckraking journalist in Colorado proved no less treacherous. He angered powerful enemies with his investigative reporting of corrupt politicians and mining officials and survived assassination attempts, physical assaults, and countless libel suits to become an accomplished humorist. In this biography, Day emerges from historical obscurity to take his rightful place among the most intriguing figures of the Civil War and the American West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786461585
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael David Kaplan is an independent writer specializing in the history of the American frontier and the Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Prologue 3

1 "Different Names Every Saturday Night" 7

2 "The Forlorn Hope" 10

3 "No Law but the Gun" 25

4 "Took War as the Fates Decreed" 51

5 "We Believed in God, but Was Too Busy to Say So" 77

6 "Cow Catcher of the Political Department" 112

7 "A Zulu Word Meaning Virgin" 124

8 "A Fresh Roasting Every Morning" 136

9 "God Save the Queen" 154

10 "The Muldoon Is as About as Popular as a Stone Bruise" 171

11 "Everything but the G Strings" 185

12 "Against Personified" 202

13 "Between the Savior and the Sky Pilots" 217

14 "When We Ascend the Golden Clothes Pole" 231

Conclusion 242

Epilogue 245

Chapter Notes 247

Bibliography 271

Index 279

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Hope to read soon

    Being Mr. Day's great,great grandson and proud owner of the metal of honor of Mr. Day's during the civil war. My great grandfather was Vest Day,grand mother Wilmot Turner and father Jamie Turner. Just ordered book was wondering how Mr. Kaplin received the information on Mr. Day?

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