A Cavalryman Under Custer '64-'65; Reminiscences of the Civil War

 
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Elbert Johnson, age 20 volunteered in the Union Army in August of 1864. A month later he was assigned to the New York Harris Light Cavalry Corps, Custer's Division under General Philip Sheridan. From that date to the end of his service in June of 1865 Elbert wrote frequent letters to his family. These were carefully worded accounts of some of his experiences: interminable standing "to horse" waiting for orders, foraging for food (including amusing conflicts with a goose, a pig and a beehive), expressions of joy when receiving letters and packages from home, biting cold, dreaded picket duty. Of actual combat he wrote matter-of-factly, "it was more exciting watching for a glimpse of a gray uniform than it was on the old farm watching for squirrels."

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After the war, Elbert Johnson set up a photography studio in Crown Point, New York where he thrived as a leading citizen for the rest of his life. His grandddaughter and personnel at a small museum there have recently come together to determine that the words he wrote as a young cavalryman are eminently worth sharing with a wider audience. With this book those words join the vast array of Civil War literature that readers eagerly seek.

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