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Forgotten Valor: The Memoirs, Journals, and Civil War Letters of Orlando B. Willcox
The papers of Major General Orlando Bolivar Willcox, one of the most prominent division commanders in the Union army, were recently discovered locked in a trunk in a Washington, D.C., attic. Editor Robert Garth Scott has sifted through what is arguably the largest collection of Civil War -- related material to surface in fifty years. From Willcox's childhood in Detroit ...more
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Kent State University Press
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The most interesting fact about this autobiography is Willcox's description of his youth in Detroit where on Page 20 of the edited autobiography, he describes my Great Great Grandmother as "famous for her cakes and buns" and mentions two English friends, Romulus and Brutus Kennedy, who were half brothers to my GGrandfather Charles E. Griffith.
An excellent book covering the Army career of Orlando B.Wilcox, from graduation at West Point, through the final stages of the Mexican War, the Third Seminole War, the Civil War and then back on the plains with the American Indians. This officer was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1895 for "most distinguished gallantry" during the battle of Bull Run. The author has done a great job in bringing alive this forgotten American general with the use of his journals, memoirs and letters. A great read and ...more