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From Western Deserts to Carolina Swamps

A Civil War Soldier's Journals and Letters Home

John P. Wilson (editor)

ISBN: 9780826351425

Publication Date: May 2012

Format: Hardback

Personal narratives from the US Civil War in the West are very scarce. These journals and letters were written by Lewis Roe, who served in the 7th US Infantry and the 50th Illinois Volunteer Infantry between 1860 and 1865. They offer details of an epic march from Fort Bridger, Wyoming, to New Mexico, a firsthand account of the Battle of Valverde, and Roe's efforts to understand ongoing events as the country rushed toward the outbreak of hostilities.
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While eyewitness accounts of the Civil War by enlisted men are uncommon, even scarcer are personal narratives from the Civil War in the West. These journals and letters were written by Lewis Roe, an Illinois farm boy who served in the 7th U.S. Infantry and the 50th Illinois Volunteer Infantry between 1860 and 1865. They offer details of an epic march from Fort Bridger, Wyoming, to New Mexico, a firsthand account of the Battle of Valverde (1862), and Roe's efforts to understand ongoing events as the country rushed toward the outbreak of hostilities. Later in the war, Roe documented the Union occupation of Rome, Georgia, and the battle of Allatoona, and left us a candid account of an enlisted man's experiences with Sherman's army on its March to the Sea and in the Carolinas Campaign. His relative objectivity and attention to everyday details make this valuable record a lively read.
Illustrations 37 halftones, 10 maps
Pages 296
Date Published 30 May 2012
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s American Civil War  
John P. Wilson is also the editor of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid as I Knew Them: Reminiscences of John P. Meadow and When the Texans Came: Missing Records from the Civil War in the Southwest, 1861-1862.

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