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On the Skirmish Line Behind the Friendly Tree: The Civil War Memoirs of William Royal Oake, 26th Iowa Volunteers based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
William Royal Oake was a private in the Federal Army during the American Civil War. Well after the war he decided to put his experiences on paper. His memoirs were not discovered until 80 years after his death.Private Oake had a wide and varied experience as a soldier. Long marches, picket duty, prisoner of war, home on parole, midnight exchanges with rebel pickets, war profiteering (mildly), interaction with freed slaves, parade marching, wounded in battle, evening dances with southern belles, and more. This is a detailed account of true soldier life from someone who experienced it first hand. I would definitely recommend this book to Civil War enthusiasts or history buffs. If these are not among the reader¿s interests the book will likely not be fiercely engaging.