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Bull Run to Appomattox Anyone who heard these diaries excerpted on the PBS TV series The Civil War will recognize his accounts of those campaigns which remain outstanding for their clarity and detail Most of all Rhodes's words reveal the m. A fascinating look at a regiment that fought for the Army of the Potomac from First Manassas to Appomattox This is not history in the grand scope but the day to day drudgery of a single regiment as it camped marched and fought both on the front line and in reserve What I found truly fascinating is how Rhodes reveals himself as of a Unionist than an Abolitionist A solid book for people interested in American Civil War or in Rhode Island history

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All for the Union The Civil War Diary Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Otivation of a common Yankee foot soldier an otherwise ordinary young man who endured the rigors of combat and exhausting marches short rations fear and homesickness for a salary of 13 a month and the satisfaction of giving all for the unio. The Civil War from the perspective of a Yankee soldierGood easy to follow overview for those interested in the American Civil War Also provided an insight into the day to day life of a typical service man who progressed through the ranks Particularly enjoyed the introduction

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All for the Union is the elouent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes who enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later as a 23 year old lieutenant colonel after fighting hard and honorably in battles from. Elisha Hunt Rhodes is an interesting character He was pretty much everywhere in the eastern part of the war Bull Run Antietam though he only saw it did not fight Gettysburg Petersburg the Shenandoah campaign the Wilderness Spotsylvania Seven Pines Appomattox Court House And while he started as a private he ended the war commanding his regiment as a full Colonel At 23 years oldThis is an engaging book edited originally by Rhodes himself You learn a good deal about daily army life and also receive excellent first hand descriptions of many of the battles A bit dry and emotionless at certain points but he was writing a daily record of his life not poetry And there is a deep sense of authenticity to the thoughts he puts down All for the Union is his freuent response he directs to himself whenever he has complaints about living a rough army lifeHighly recommended to any student of the Civil War


10 thoughts on “All for the Union The Civil War Diary Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

  1. says:

    Elisha Hunt Rhodes is an interesting character He was pretty much everywhere in the eastern part of the war Bull Run Antietam though he only saw it did not fight Gettysburg Petersburg the Shenandoah campaign the Wilderness Spotsylvania Seven Pines Appomattox Court House And while he started as a private he ended the war commanding his regiment as a full Colonel At 23 years oldThis is an engaging book edited

  2. says:

    This book and its story lived up to allthe hype concerning it I loved The CivilWar series and read this because of it He did a great job of desc

  3. says:

    No PTSD for this soldier who could sleep on a field among the dead and dying and wake to enjoy a good breakfast His spare descriptions of battles were gruesome than if he added gory details

  4. says:

    Like many people I came to know Elisha Hunt Rhodes from the epic Ken Burns documentary The Civil War His letters and correspondence were freuently uoted throughout that series and I grew curious about him and finally bought his mem

  5. says:

    I've had this on my bookshelf since shortly after the first airing of Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War I am pleased to say I enjoyed it very much It will not be to everyone's taste as it is an almost day by day accounting of El

  6. says:

    A fascinating look at a regiment that fought for the Army of the Potomac from First Manassas to Appomattox This is not history in the grand scope but the day to day drudgery of a single regiment as it camped marched and fought both on the front line and in reserve What I found truly fascinating is how Rhodes reveals himself as of

  7. says:

    It was a good read as far as Diaries and Letters You follow a young man through the war fighting on the Union side as he ranks up and matures Sadly you can really feel the one sided mentality that people take when fighting a war Even in his letters he minimizes losses and speaks extremely highly of any victory Certainly

  8. says:

    I like many others found this book after watching the Ken Burns Civil War documentary series One thing that always strikes me about these books written by civil war veterans is The way they step out sides the narra

  9. says:

    The Civil War from the perspective of a Yankee soldierGood easy to follow overview for those interested in the American Civil War Also provided an insight into the day to day life of a typical service man who progressed through the ranks Particularly enjoyed the introduction

  10. says:

    An excellent view into the operations of the Union Army that follows the career of Elisha Hunt Rhodes Much of the experience is boring Camp life army life What is fascinating is that his commitment to the cause and to serv