"Burning Rails as We Pleased"

"Burning Rails as We Pleased"

The Civil War Letters of William Garrigues Bentley, 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

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In 1862, William Garrigues Bentley (then 19) enlisted in the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company G. He served in the Union Army for three years before being honorably discharged. This volume presents selections from his 142 letters home, which describe the daily life of a Civil War soldier and offer a firsthand account of a number of important battles. The editors (Bentley's great-granddaughters) have deleted long introductions and comments about mail, food, and family members. A roster of the 104th Regiment completes the volume. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

McFarland Publishing
William Garrigues Bentley chose to leave the safety of home and family at age 19 fight for the Union. He enlisted in the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company G, in 1862 and served for three long years before being honorably discharged. His firsthand account details his day-to-day life as a soldier, the long marches around Kentucky, skirmishes with the Rebs, joining with Sherman's army in the Atlanta campaign and then chasing Hood into Tennessee and fighting in the bloody battle at Franklin, and on to rejoin Sherman in the winter of 1865 for the final months of the Carolina campaign. This book--compiled from a collection of 142 of Bentley's newly discovered letters and other documents--not only is an important historical record but also offers an insight into the political thoughts and feelings of the time. The book includes a complete roster of the 104th Ohio.

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780786416592
Branch Call Number: 973.7471 Bentley 2004
Characteristics: xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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