The Life of a Union Army Sharpshooter

The Diaries and Letters of John T. Farnham

William G. Andrews

John T. Farnham, a sharpshooter in the Union Army, wrote a substantial diary entry nearly every day during his three-year enlistment, sent over 50 long articles to his hometown newspaper, and mailed some 600 letters home. He described training, battles, skirmishes, encampments, furloughs, marches, hospital life, and clerkships at the Iron Brigade h
Date Published :
April 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
Color and B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781625450777
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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John T. Farnham, a sharpshooter in the Union Army, wrote a substantial diary entry nearly every day during his three-year enlistment, sent over 50 long articles to his hometown newspaper, and mailed some 600 letters home. He described training, battles, skirmishes, encampments, furloughs, marches, hospital life, and clerkships at the Iron Brigade headquarters and the War Department. He met Lincoln and acquired a blood-stained cuff taken from his assassinated body. He befriended freed slaves, teaching them to read and write and built them a school. He campaigned for Lincoln’s re-election. He subscribed to three newspapers and several magazines and devoured 22 books. He attended 23 plays and six concerts during his service. He was gregarious and popular, naming in his diaries 108 friends in the service and 156 at home. Frail and sickly, he died of tuberculosis four years after his discharge. He paints a detailed portrait of the lives of ordinary soldiers in the Union Army, their food, living conditions, relations among officers and men, ordeals, triumphs, and tragedies.

Nominated for the Gilder Lehrman Prize

About The Author
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William G. Andrews is a retired college professor and local historian. He published many books and articles in 41 years as a political scientist. He is active in civic affairs, including service as deputy mayor of the village, founding president of the Brockport Community Museum and founding vice president of the Greater Brockport Development Corp. He has traveled extensively and lived in France and Norway. He is a widower with six children and thirteen grandchildren.

REVIEWS
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"paints a detailed portrait of the lives of ordinary soldiers in the Union Army, their food, living conditions, relations among officers and men, ordeals, triumphs, and tragedies."

- York Daily Record

"This book, although not a gun book as we are used to reviewing, is especially pertinent as it covers the writings of a Union soldier, a Sharpshooter, during the American Civil War.... The diaries were gathered from different sources and complied by the writer in a very readable fashion – last names were clarified by first names and initials and words that needed explanation or definition were dealt with properly. Footnoting and references are generously supplied. ...This high quality book is hardbound with an interesting color dust cover. It would make for a wonderful addition to the library of the arms collector as well as those interested in the Civil War."

- Arms Heritage Magazine

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