210 pp., illus., end-paper maps, through the Confederacy with the 105th Illinois Infantry. Bookseller Inventory #
Rare among Civil War correspondence, the collection of Union Sergeant George F. Cram's letters reveals an educated young man's experiences as part of Sherman's army. Advancing through the Confederacy with the 105th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Cram engaged in a number of key conflicts, such as Resaca, Peachtree Creek, Kennesaw, and Sherman's "march to the sea."
A highly literate college student who carried a copy of Shakespeare in his knapsack, Cram wrote candid letters that convey insights into the social dimensions of America's Civil War. With a piercing objectivity, optimism, and a dry sense of humor, Cram conscientiously reported the details of camp life. His vivid depictions of the campaigns throughout Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas contribute new insights into the battle scenes and key Union leaders.
Cram and several of his compatriots adhered to a principled code of personal conduct (no smoking, swearing, drinking, or gambling), striving to maintain integrity and honor in the face of war's hardships and temptations. Influenced by the abolitionist values of his community and college, Cram's observations on the effects of slavery and on the poverty of many of the Southerners are especially illuminating.
Civil War scholars and general readers alike will learn much from Cram's discoveries and observations—from his sympathy for poor whites to his grudging respect for the Confederates—that reveal the character of a young man maturing at war.
From the Publisher: This fine collection provides an Illinois soldier's view of the western campaigns of the war from 1862-65. Cram was a twenty-one-year-old college student when he enlisted in Company F of the 105th Illinois Infantry in the summer of 1862. Over the next three years he fought his way across the breadth of the Confederacy. His letters provide keen observations of the Battles of Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, among others, and offer his views of key figures of the era, including Generals Thomas, Hooker, Rosecrans, Howard and Sherman.
This is a book about the Civil War. But the universal themes by which Cram's life is guided appeal to our sensibilities beyond that of narrowly understanding the Civil War. Understanding humanity, the value of relationships,a dn all the ingredients by which they are bound together--trust, truth, determination and honor--is also what Cram shared. The lives of Cram and those friends, family, and comrades closest to him were examined extensively in order to understand the magnitude of impact on the many lives of one Illinois community resulting from the unforgotten days of "Soldering with Sherman."
Title: SOLDIERING WITH SHERMAN: CIVIL WAR LETTERS ...
Publisher: Northern Illinois Univ. Press
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Second Edition
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