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The Training of an Army: Camp Curtin and the North's Civil War

Miller, William J.

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ISBN 10: 094259715X / ISBN 13: 9780942597158
Published by White Mane Publishing Company, Shippensburg, PA, 1990
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xv, 350 p. Endpaper maps. Maps. Illustrations. Chapter Notes. Bibliography. Index. While the name of Camp Curtin will be recognized by most Civil War historians and buffs, The Training of an Army is the first book to tell its entire story. Camp Curtin was a place of great importance. It was the largest Camp of Rendezvous and Training in the North and was strategically important in the Eastern Theater. From another perspective, Camp Curtin was part of the experience of a large portion, perhaps 20 to 25%o of the Army of the Potomac, as well as that of a great majority of Pennsylvania volunteers. The camp had additional importance as a supply base and a hospital depot just a few hours from the front by train. Indeed, it nearly was on the front in late June 1863. It was of critical importance, especially during the organization of militia units during the invasions of 1862 and 1863. Camp Curtin clearly ranks as one of the most significant sites in the Eastern Theater. The Training of an Army is more, however, than the story of the education, supplying, and medical care of the North's soldiers. The author, William J. Miller, adds an important chapter to the story of the common soldier. The background, training, leisure time activities, all that made up the new recruits' introduction to military life; their wonder, amazement, accomplishments, and problems are all reported and analyzed in this important new study. Opened just five days after the surrender of Fort Sumter, Camp Curtin trained more than 300, 000 men in its almost five years of work. These are the experiences of both the soldiers in the ranks and some of the future generals who passed through Camp Curtin on their way to Antietam, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg. All students of the lives and thoughts of both the soldiers and their volunteer officers, and the administration, training, medical care, and combat efficiency of the Army of the Potomac will benefit from Miller's thoughtful research. Also, The Training of an Army is a significant addition to our understanding of the Civil War's impact on town and family life in Pennsylvania, a large state where local and national history crossed in those years of 1861-1865. Good in good dust jacket. DJ has some wear, soiling, and edge tears. "imperfect" stamped inside front cover, perhaps but no obvious flaws beyond DJ tears noted. Bookseller Inventory # 64541

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Title: The Training of an Army: Camp Curtin and the...

Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Shippensburg, PA

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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Describes the role of Camp Curtin as a training center, hospital depot and supply base

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