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Lamson of the Gettysburg: The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Roswell H. Lamson, U.S. Navy

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Roswell Lamson was one of the boldest and most skillful young officers in the Union navy. Second in the class of 1862 at Annapolis (he took his final exam while at sea during the war), he commanded more ships and flotillas than any other officer of his age or rank in the service, climaxed by his captaincy of the navy's fastest ship in 1864, USS Gettysburg. Now, in Lamson o ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 13th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Aren Lerner
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely in the top rank of Civil War correspondence!
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Roswell Lamson was in the right places at the right times to witness some exciting parts of the Civil War. Luckily, many of his letters to and from his two girl friends [one later to be his wife] and his father survived to be the basis of this book.
While he occasionally exaggerates facts or got them wrong based on the reports of third parties, enough was factually correct that you can believe his overall versions of things, especially when he was an eyewitness.
He offers his opinions of a few hig
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