In 1861 younger Joseph Twichell lower brief his seminary reviews to develop into a Union military chaplain in New York's Excelsior Brigade. A middle-class New England Protestant, Twichell served for 3 years in a regiment manned regularly via bad Irish American Catholics. this feature of Twichell's letters to his Connecticut family members will rank him along the Civil War's such a lot literate and insightful firsthand chroniclers of lifestyles at the highway, in conflict, and in camp. As a noncombatant, he right away saw and took part within the momentous occasions of the Peninsula and barren region Campaigns and on the moment Bull Run, in addition to at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania.
Twichell writes approximately politics and slavery and the theological and cultural divide among him and his males. such a lot movingly, he tells of tending the helpless, burying the lifeless, and counseling the despondent. along bills of a run-in with slave hunters, a major withdrawal of wounded infantrymen from Richmond, and different striking occasions, Twichell deals close-up perspectives of his commanding officer, the "political normal" Daniel Sickles, absolutely some of the most colourful and debatable leaders on both side.
Civil struggle students and fanatics will welcome this clean voice from an underrepresented category of soldier, the military chaplain. Readers who be aware of of Twichell's later lifestyles as a trendy minister and reformer or as Mark Twain's closest good friend will enjoy those insights into his early, remodeling experiences.
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