Hard Marching Every Day: Civil War Letters of Private Wilbur Fisk, 1861-65 (Hardback)
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Hard Marching Every Day: Civil War Letters of Private Wilbur Fisk, 1861-65 (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 31/05/1992
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As a war correspondent, Wilbur Fisk was an amateur, yet his letters to the "Montpelier Green Mountain Freeman" comprise one of the finest collections of Civil War letters in existence. Fisk wrote as eloquently on the moral and political issues behind the war as he did on the everyday hardships of life in the Army of the Potomac. He saw the war as a question of right and wrong - of freedom against slavery and democracy against aristocracy - and he continued to believe that the war had to be fought, even after he was well acquainted with its horror and pointlessness. "When they have done their killing, there remains the question to be settled the same as before. They might as well have settled it before the shooting as afterwards." In this volume editors Emil and Ruth Rosenblatt have included all of Fisk's existing letters to the "Freeman", along with three speeches from the 1890s in which Fisk looks back on his wartime experiences from the vantage point of an older man.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700605293
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 807 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"One of the finest records I know of what it was like to fight and win the Civil War."--Geoffrey C. Ward, coauthor of the PBS documentary The Civil War and author of the companion volume, The Civil War: An Illustrated History

"Fisk's letters are marvelous. It is almost unbelievable, they are such literary gems. In fact, they are so good that the thought occurred to me that perhaps they are not authentic. It would be believable that some expert novelist had created them!"--Herman Hattaway, coauthor of How the North Won the Civil War and Why the South Lost the Civil War

"This is one of the richest collections of Civil War letters I have seen. I doubt if I have seen any collection that surpasses it. Fisk is intelligent and thoughtful. He writes well and the prose is still accessible to a late twentieth-century reader. He successfully presents the minutiae of soldier life-marching, food, picketing, pay, battles-while also explicating the issues behind the war."--Reid Mitchell, author of Civil War Soldiers: Their Expectations and Experiences

"An important combat chronology of the war from the infantry private's viewpoint."--James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom


"For sheer description, these letters are unsurpassed."--Civil War History

"An unmatched record of the common Union soldier's life."--Washington Post Book World

"A marvelous account of the Civil War, equal or superior to any produced by the common soldier, North or South."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Of the publishing of Civil War letters and memoirs there is no end, but Private Fisk's Civil War has all the earmarks of a classic."--Journal of American History

"One of the richest sources on Civil War soldiering in print. An exciting, readable book."--Atlanta History

"These letters are remarkably astute, exceedingly detailed, and often brutally honest."--Blue & Gray Magazine

"Fisk, shrewd and humorous, combining idealism and patriotism with a healthy dose of common sense, deserves to stand beside Elisha Hunt Rhodes as an archetypical soldier of the Army of the Potomac."--Publishers Weekly

"The letters contain descriptions of conditions in camp, on the march, and in hospitals; comments on battles, officers, and army morale; reactions to places seen and executions of deserters, as well as Fisk's political views and military frustrations."--Choice

"The Fisk letters are superb. They are extremely well written and they convey a magnificent picture of the life of a Federal soldier in the Army of the Potomac."--Civil War Book Exchange

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