We Have It Damn Hard Out Here: The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvan

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Told in his own words, this is the story of Sgt. Thomas W. Smith's service in the Civil War - the greatest adventure of his life. It is also the story of his regiment, the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, known as Rush's Lancers, named both for the distinctive wooden lances they carried for the first two years of the war and for their first commanding officer, Col. Richard H. Rush. Tested in battle, this regiment ultimately proved to be one of the elite cavalry units on either side of the conflict. These sixty-seven ...
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Told in his own words, this is the story of Sgt. Thomas W. Smith's service in the Civil War - the greatest adventure of his life. It is also the story of his regiment, the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, known as Rush's Lancers, named both for the distinctive wooden lances they carried for the first two years of the war and for their first commanding officer, Col. Richard H. Rush. Tested in battle, this regiment ultimately proved to be one of the elite cavalry units on either side of the conflict. These sixty-seven letters provide rare insight into the workings and daily life of a noncommissioned officer. They are filled with humor and humanity and demonstrate the hardships withstood by the common soldier of the Civil War. The added narrative and annotations assist the reader in identifying the persons and events described and in placing them in the proper historical perspective and context.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873386234
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Editorial Notes
Introduction 1
1 "We Drill from Morning to Night Now": Early 1862 - Learning to Be a Soldier 7
2 "We Have Had Quite Stirring Times about Here": Thomas Smith in McClellan's Peninsula Campaign 24
3 "I Have Been Very Low with the Fever and Ague": The Maryland Campaign and Severe Malaria 57
4 "I Have Seen So Much, Heard So Much, and Been So Many Places": Headquarters Duty during the Chancellorsville Campaign 77
5 "The Sixth Pennsylvania Never Runs!": Fighting with the Army of the Potomac - Gettysburg and After 93
6 "But Still the Command Was Forward ...": 1864 - Campaigning with Grant 112
Epilogue 130
Appendix A Engagements of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry 135
Appendix B A Chronological Listing of the Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith 142
Notes 145
Bibliography 163
Index 169
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