Chickamauga, Andersonville, Fort Sumter and Guard Duty at Home

Four Civil War Diaries by Pennsylvania Soldiers


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About the Book

The best way to bring an event from the past into vivid life is to see it through the eyes of someone who lived it. In this book the reader sees the Civil War through the eyes of four Union soldiers who, although they were all from south central Pennsylvania, experienced the war in radically different ways.
The journals of the four—Lt. William Glison of the 6th Ohio Infantry, Sergeant Will Duncan of the 2nd Pennsylvania Militia Battalion, John M. Kelly of the 39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and Private George Schmittle of the 13th Pennsylvania Calvary—give the reader a glimpse into the daily life of the soldier. Written primarily during 1863 and 1864, entries are in each soldier’s own words (including idiosyncrasies of grammar and spelling). Commentary is added when necessary to elaborate or clarify as well as to fix each experience on the canvas of the war as a whole. A capsule history and muster roll are included for each company along with an appendix listing all the corps of the Federal army and giving a brief history of each corps’ service.

About the Author(s)

Robert P. Broadwater has written more than 35 books of military history and more than 100 magazine articles dealing with the American Civil War and the Revolutionary War. He lives in Bellwood, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Robert P. Broadwater
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 223
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2221-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8312-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1

1. Lieutenant William R. Glisan, Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry      5
2. Sergeant Will Duncan, Second Pennsylvania Militia Battalion      55
3. Private John M. Kelly, Thirty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry      82
4. Private George Schmittle, Thirteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry      162

Epilogue      191
Appendix I: Union Corps and Theaters of Operation      195
Appendix II: “The Blue and the Gray”      202
Chapter Notes      203
Bibliography      207
Index      211

Book Reviews & Awards

“useful”—The Civil War Courier.