". . . one of the finest solder accounts of the Army of the Potomac that I have ever read." --Brian Pohanka.
Foreword by Edwin C. Bearss
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A graduate of Villanova University, J. Gregory Acken is past president of the Old baldy Civil War Round Table of Philadelphia and currently serves on the board of governors of The Civil War Library and Museum. He resides in Middletown, New Jersey, with his wife, Regina, and son Brian.Review:
“The Donaldson Civil War correspondence is arguably the most interesting and perceptive that is has been my fortune to read in more than 40 years. Unlike most Civil War collections, steeped as they are in the morality of the Victorian era, the Donaldson letters reveal much about the Civil War soldier that is not a part of the popular literature.” – Edwin C. Bearss, historian Emeritus, National park Service (Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service)
“These letter are among the fullest, most detailed, and most incisive of any I have read—and believe me, I have read many collections. The descriptions of various battles are fuller than in any collection of letter or diaries I have read.” – James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom (James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom)
“This is one of the finest solider accounts of the Army of the Potomac that I have ever read. It is filled with the sort of personal vignette that brings those long-dead soldiers to life....I think it will become a classic.” – Brian Pohanka, Civil War author, lecturer, and historian (Brian Pohanka)
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Book Description Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 1998, 1st edition, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 500 pages, maps, photos, notes, biblio, index, Brand New Hardcover in dust jacket. First edition. At the outbreak of the war, 21 year old Francis Adams Donaldson enlisted in the 1st California Regiment, later k nown as the 71st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, of the famous Philadelphia Brigade of the II Corps, Army of the Potomac. He fought at Ball's Bluff (where he was captured) and participated in the P e ninsula Campaign until he was woulded at the Battle of Fair Oaks. Upon his recovery, Donaldson reluctantly accepted promotion to a captaincy in the Corn Exchange Regiment (also known as the 118th P A . Volunteers), which served throughout its existance in the V Corps. In his new position, Donaldson participated in all the major campaigns and battles in the East through late 1863, including Anti e ta m, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station and Mine Run. Great personal story taken from letters written home. Bookseller Inventory # CW0822
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Book Description Stackpole Books. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover in Dust Jacket - 1st Edition - Dust Jacket - Photos - Maps - Biblio - Notes - Index - Donaldson was a member of the Philadelphia Brigade - also known as the 1st California Regiment. After being wounded at Fair Oaks and returning toduty, he went on to serve in the Corn Exchange Regiment (118th Penna) A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 15657
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