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The Rebel Yell & the Yankee Hurrah: The Civil War Journal of a Maine Volunteer

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On an "I will if you will" dare, John Haley enlisted in the 17th Maine Regiment in August 1862 "for three years, unless sooner discharged." ("Discharged, shot, or starved" would have been more accurate, Haley later wryly observed.) Though a reluctant soldier at first, he served steadfastly in the Army of the Potomac for nearly three years, participating in some of the most ...more
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Published September 7th 2014 by Down East Books (first published May 1985)
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Holly
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A treasure, an absolute treasure. This has joined my best books ever in the world shelf. Haley, a simple yet keen observer of human nature and both subtle and great events has invited us to a view of a few years of his life. I have never seen the American Civil War and heard the bullets "whish" by or feel the exhaustion he endured, the loss, the small blessings. Most of all Private Haley has a wicked sense of humor, an apt use of the most amusing slang I've ever read, and a deep sense of ...more
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The Civil War in the words of those who fought it- but not the marquis players! This is a compendium of letters and diaries from the front lines.

Fascinating! An interesting look at how much the attitudes of the everyman toward war, politics and leaders has changed over the last 100 years- and how little they've changed!
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