Thursday, April 14, 2016

Booknotes: The Last Civil War Veterans

New Arrival:
The Last Civil War Veterans: The Lives of the Final Survivors, State by State by Frank L. Grzyb (McFarland, 2016).

"Drawing on a wide range of sources including correspondence with descendants, this book covers the last living Civil War veterans in each state, providing details of their wartime service as soldiers and sailors and their postwar lives as family men, entrepreneurs, politicians, frontier pioneers and honored veterans." The entries for each soldier include both a quick unit history sketch and a brief biography, the latter averaging a few pages in length (with a photograph, if found). The appendices include even more trivia, with one detailing the last witness or survivor of a given major event like the Lincoln assassination or the Harpers Ferry Raid.

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