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Author Dunham, Valgene L., 1940- author.

Title Allegany to Appomattox : the life and letters of Private William Whitlock of the 188th New York Volunteers / Valgene Dunham ; foreword by Bill Potter
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 254 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
Contemporary issues in the Middle East.
Contents Allegany atmospheres -- Failed compromises -- Elmira excitement -- On the move -- Life in the trenches -- Life back home -- "The bulits whistled right smart" : Battle of Hatcher's Run I (Boydton Plank Road) -- Wrecking the Weldon -- Faith and fighting -- "We will probley have to go" : Battle of Hatcher's Run II (Dabney's Mills) -- Epilogue : Fires and rainbows
Summary On September 7, 1864, William Whitlock, aged thirty-five, left his wife and four children in Allegany, New York, to join the Union Army in battle. More than 100 years later, his unpublished letters to his wife were found in the attic of a family home. These letters serve as the foundation for this book, giving readers a vivid glimpse into the environment and political atmosphere that surrounded the Civil War from the perspective of a northern farmer and lumberman. Whitlock’s observations tell of exhausting marches, limited rations, and grueling combat. In plainspoken language, the letters also reveal a desperate homesickness, consistently expressing concern for the family’s health and financial situation and requesting news from home. The author's detailed descriptions of the war’s progress and specific battles provide a rich context for Whitlock’s letters, orienting readers to both the broad narrative of the Civil War and the intimate chronicle of one soldier’s impressions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-233) and index
Notes English
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Subject Whitlock, William, 1829-1865 -- Correspondence
Whitlock family.
Whitlock family.
Whitlock, William, 1829-1865
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 188th (1864-1865)
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 188th (1864-1865)
Soldiers -- New York (State) -- Correspondence
Appomattox Campaign, 1865.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Military campaigns.
Regimental histories.
New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
Allegany (N.Y.) -- Biography
New York (State)
New York (State) -- Allegany.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Personal correspondence.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780815652052