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Bound to Be a Soldier: The Letters of Private James T. Miller, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, 1861-1864 - 01 edition

Bound to Be a Soldier: The Letters of Private James T. Miller, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, 1861-1864 (ISBN10: 1572331194; ISBN13: 9781572331198)
ISBN13: 978-1572331198
ISBN10: 1572331194

Summary: An untutored Pennsylvania farmer James T. Miller was thirty-one years old when he left his wife and three children to serve in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. Although his writing was far from polished he was nevertheless blessed with descriptive and evocative powers that shine through the letters he wrote home. After joining the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry Miller saw action at Gettysburg Cedar Mountain and Chancellorsville. He died in 1864 at the battle of Peachtree
Creek just before the fall of Atlanta. Drawing us close to Miller's heart and mind these letters present a powerful sense of an ordinary soldier's experience in its entirety. His descriptions of his fellow soldiers before during and after battle are particularly striking. Equally compelling are his thoughts about home -- including his anxiety over his separation from his family as well as his fury at his brothers who had bought their way out of military service. Bringing that view of the home front full circle a concluding chapter by editors Jedediah Mannis and Galen Wilson describes the difficulties that Miller's widow Susan encountered after the war especially in her dealings with the Pension Office. Bound to Be a Soldier presents a common man's critique of military policy and civilian society during wartime in a rough-hewn style that breathes life into historic events.
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Summary: An untutored Pennsylvania farmer James T. Miller was thirty-one years old when he left his wife and three children to serve in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. Although his writing was far from polished he was nevertheless blessed with descriptive and evocative powers that shine through the letters he wrote home. After joining the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry Miller saw action at Gettysburg Cedar Mountain and Chancellorsville. He died in 1864 at the battle of Peachtree Creek just before the fall of Atlanta. Drawing us close to Miller's heart and mind these letters present a powerful sense of an ordinary soldier's experience in its entirety. His descriptions of his fellow soldiers before during and after battle are particularly striking. Equally compelling are his thoughts about home -- including his anxiety over his separation from his family as well as his fury at his brothers who had bought their way out of military service. Bringing that view of the home front full circle a concluding chapter by editors Jedediah Mannis and Galen Wilson describes the difficulties that Miller's widow Susan encountered after the war especially in her dealings with the Pension Office. Bound to Be a Soldier presents a common man's critique of military policy and civilian society during wartime in a rough-hewn style that breathes life into historic events. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Hardcover
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Published: 04/25/2001
International: No

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