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Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey *SIGNED* (FIRST EDITION): Sneden, Robert Knox - EDITORS C.F. ... Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey *SIGNED* (FIRST EDITION): Sneden, Robert Knox - EDITORS C.F. ...

Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey *SIGNED* (FIRST EDITION)

Sneden, Robert Knox - EDITORS C.F. Bryan and N. D. Lankford

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ISBN 10: 0684863650 / ISBN 13: 9780684863658
Published by Free Press, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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A FLAWLESS volume in same condition unclipped dust jacket. * SIGNED * by Editor, Charles F. Bryan on title page (signature only). LAID-IN are four pages from the literary event fliers from where Bryan lectured and signed. At the time of this lecture Bryan was the director of the Virginia Historical Society. Illustrated with fabulous water color drawings and maps, by Private Robert Knox Sneden, veteran soldier of the American Union Army. Mylar protected jacket. SIGNED - FIRST EDITION. (International and priority postage at cost due to weight.). Bookseller Inventory # 002258

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Title: Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey *...

Publisher: Free Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A vividly illustrated chronicle of the Civil War, written by a Union mapmaker who witnessed the worst of the war firsthand, includes his experiences during a two-year stint at the notorious Andersonville prison. 100,000 first printing. First serial, Military History Quarterly.


After the attack on Fort Sumter, Robert Knox Sneden decided to do his part to save the Union, signing on with the 40th New York Volunteers. Owing to his skills as an artist, Private Sneden was recruited to become a cartographer within a few months. And owing to his skills as both artist and cartographer, Civil War buffs can enjoy Eye of the Storm.

During his time in the army, Sneden kept a detailed diary and made hundreds of sketches in the field. In 1994, four scrapbooks in a Connecticut bank vault were found to contain some 800 drawings, the vast majority of them based on his original sketches. Soon after, a 5,000-page illustrated memoir based on Sneden's diaries was also discovered. Selections from the scrapbooks and memoir make up this marvelous book, which offers firsthand accounts of the action of the Peninsula Campaign and Second Bull Run--as well as the monotony of soldiering between battles. Perhaps the most compelling portion of Eye of the Storm is Sneden's descriptions of Andersonville, the Confederacy's notorious prison camp:

September 7, 1864: Fine weather, but very hot, 110 degrees anywhere in the shade. This terrible heat helps to kill us off at the rate of 100 per day inside the stockade. Dead men may be seen by the score lying all along the brook which runs through the filthy swamp, while others are tearing off their soiled clothes to get thread from the seams, or patches to put on their own ragged clothes.

Sneden's account lacks the typical Victorian flowery prose, as he writes with an almost analytical detachment about the horrors around him. This detachment lends an immediacy to his memoir, bringing home the brutality of the War Between the States. Dozens of Sneden's detailed drawings illustrate the text, making this a must-have for Civil War buffs. Highly recommended. --Sunny Delaney

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