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Bully for the Band!: The Civil War Letters and Diary of Four Brothers in the 10th Vermont Infantry Band

George, Charles

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ISBN 10: 0786466863 / ISBN 13: 9780786466863
Published by McFarland, Jefferson NC, 2012
Condition: Good Soft cover
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290 pages. Softcover. B&w photographs throughout. Includes extensive bibliography. Faint foxing to top edge, otherwise a clean, tight copy. Record # 468664. Bookseller Inventory # 468664

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Title: Bully for the Band!: The Civil War Letters ...

Publisher: McFarland, Jefferson NC

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the commanding call of the bugle at reveille to combat instructions (such as "fix bayonets") to reassuring songs around the campfire at night, music was an integral part of the Civil War soldier's experience. This volume presents the Civil War writings of Charles, Herbert, Jeremiah and Osman George, four brothers from the town of Newbury, Vermont, who played in the 10th Vermont Infantry regimental band. Their letters and a diary describe the life of an enlisted musician, including forming a band, rehearsals and repertory, performances for officers, troops, and civilians--and battlefield stretcher-bearer duties. Despite the hardships they suffered, including the loss of one brother, their writings (supported by detailed scene-setting narratives by editor Davis) reveal the Georges' fraternal bond that sustained them emotionally and ensured they would continue to serve their comrades in battle.

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James A. Davis is a professor of musicology and chair of the Music History Area at the State University of New York, Fredonia. His articles have appeared in American Music, The Journal of Military History, North & South, and the Journal of Band Research.

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