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

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

All for the Union is the eloquent 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 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 motivation 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 union."

Title:All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780679738282
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    All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes Reviews

  • Chris

    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 She...

  • MaryAnn (EmilyD1037)

    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 describing the dayby day life of a soldier. He downplayedh...

  • Joanne

    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 more gruesome than if he added gory details. ...

  • Miles Watson

    Like many people, I came to "know" Elisha Hunt Rhodes from the epic Ken Burns documentary "The Civil War." His letters and correspondence were frequently quoted throughout that series, and I grew curi...

  • Deb

    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 ...

  • Elliot Balo

    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 ...

  • Raving Redcoat

    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 ...

  • Ronald Kenneth Fallows

    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 servic...

  • Meagan

    I loved this book so much. Elisha H. Rhodes is the type of person that reading his journals make you lonesome for him. You fall in love with him, you get invested in the civil war in a way that you ne...

  • Paul LaFontaine

    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 commitmen...