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

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All for the Union is the eloquent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, featured throughout Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. Rhodes enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later as a twenty-three-year-old colonel after fighting hard and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. Anyone who heard these diaries excerpted in 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679738282
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Series: Vintage Civil War Library
Edition description: First Vintage Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 538,792
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Elisha Hunt Rhodes was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, in 1842. He enlisted as a private in the Union Army in 1861. Four years later, he left the army as a twenty-three-year-old colonel, having fought in every campaign of the Army of the Potomac from Bull Run to Appomattox. After the war, he returned to his home state of Rhode Island and became a successful businessman. He remained active in military and veteran affairs, serving as the Brigadier General of the Brigade of Rhode Island Militia from 1879 to 1893 and acting as president of the Second Rhode Island Volunteers and Battery A Veterans Association. Rhodes died at the age of seventy-five on January 14, 1917.

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All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you love the Civil War and understand the vocabulary of it all. I read it when I was twelve and I couldn't put it down. It starts off good, gets slow in the middle, and ends well. When your done with this book I promise that you'll feel like you know Elish Hunt Rhodes as a brother. It gets slow and dull in the middle because he says everything he does day-to-day. So most of the time he is marching and sitting in camp. A must read for all Civil War Buffs! You'll love his accounts of battles.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hunt, born in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, enlisted as a 19 year old private in June, 1861. He served for four years in the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, finishing the war as lieutenant colonel, commanding the regiment. The book is a collection of his diary and letters, combined into one easily readable volume. It's notable mainly for views of the every day soldier in the Civil War--on saving the Union, freeing the slaves, the secession, and religious expression (and its lack) in his regiment and among his friends in the Army.The 2nd Rhode Island participated in or was present for every single major battle of the Army of the Potomac from 1st Bull Run to Appomatox Court House. While there are some excellent descriptions of individual engagements within larger battles, as might be expected, there are no lengthy descriptions of the major battles themselves. The prose is literate and very straightforward; he is not a literary figure. But perhaps for that very reason, his diary and letters are fascinating because they are the record of the thoughts and feelings of the everyday soldier caught up in the horrendous carnage of the American Civil War. Details of camp life, drill, parade, reviews make up the major part of the writings, offsetting the descriptions of fighting. camp life could be entertaining as well as boring; Rhodes gives an excellent view.The book was made justifiably famous by the PBS Series, The Civil War.
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