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Posted December 2, 2009
Given the title, I had anticipated this book might provide information about the 137th PA Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. Unfortunately, Mr. Broadwater has simply reproduced the diary of John Rhode. Mr. Rhode offered noble service to his country and met an unfortunate end in a prison camp and, therefore, I am reluctant to critique his diary. However, it must be said that Mr. Rhode does not have the poetic expression of Sullivan Ballou. The diary entries are brief, dull, and uninformative about what Company I of the 137th regiment did during the war. They convey the dismal nature of the conditions under which Civil War combatants lived, but little else. Mr. Broadwater, the book's author, inserts only a few brief yet, somehow, redundant comments intended to provide the reader with more information about events transpiring in the war at the time of Mr. Rhode's diary entries. These comments are no more informative or engaging than the diary entries. The book also includes several poorly reproduced copies of photographs or artists renditions of battles or points of interest. (The Acquia Creek Landing photograph, appearing on p. 43, actually looks like a bad photocopy, complete with the dark lines along the outer edges of the image.) As a descendant of a soldier who served in the 137th PA Infantry Regiment, this book was a true disappointment but, fortunately, it was brief.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.