Allegany to Appomattox
The Life and Letters of Private William Whitlock of the 188th New York Volunteers
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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Front Flap, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
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Maps and Tables
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Map 1. Siege of Petersburg and the Battle of Hatcher’s Run I 99Map 2. General Gregory’s Brigade at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run I 1007.1. South Carolina Casualties at Battle of the Crater, 1864 899.2. Religious Periodicals Produced during the Civil War 139...
Foreword by Bill Potter
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Many years ago my grandfather gave me an old photograph taken in the fi rst decade of the twentieth century. Twenty-one dark-uniformed old men from western New York sit or stand in front of a tall granite war memorial fl anked by a large cannon and surrounded by thousands of graves. Each face is resolute, though the presence of many walking ...
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The large Victorian brick farmhouse constructed in 1895 and the associated barns, milk house, and sawmill were once the pride and joy of the Whitlock and Whitney families. In 1897, William Whitlock’s oldest son, Stanley, moved his family into the large house at the cor-ner of Five Mile Road and Morgan Hollow Road outside of Allegany, ...
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I thank a number of friends and colleagues in Conway, South Caro-lina, for their encouragement during the writing of the manuscript. I was also encouraged by colleagues at Coastal Carolina University, including Ben Burroughs, regional historian and research special-ist, and Aron Goff, computer technologist, who rescued me several ...
1. Allegany Atmospheres
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Upon entering the United States in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, many families were attracted to central and western New York. The heavily forested rolling hills and green river valleys, accompanied by the deep Finger Lakes carved out by glaciers long ago, provided a beautiful setting in which to raise a family. The ...
2. Failed Compromises
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By 1850, most citizens realized that the United States of America had serious problems that, if not successfully negotiated, could lead to civil war. As the country expanded westward and new states sought to join the Union, political battles might evolve into military battles if compromises could not be reached. As early as 1828, when Vice Presi-...
3. Elmira Excitement
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...i am well and stuf. We got here last night. i am in the barax. There is lots of soldiers here and it is all excitement. The greatest objec-may be two or three days. First when we do i will get a box, put my clothes and Sam Roes in it and send it to you and you can get same so dont worry about me but take cair of yourself and children and ...
4. On the Move
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...you may be somewhat supprised when you get this for I am now in Washington. we arrived here about 30 minutes ago and I thought I would write a few lines to you. we have bin on the cars since night before last and am pretty well whipt so you must excuse me if I last night. I sent my cloths to Olean from Elmira. directed to me ...
5. Life in the Trenches
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I am foarsed to write another letter without receiving one. I tel will be fi ve weeks tomorrow morning since I left home and have received one letter. I am well and getting fat as a hog—it agrees here with me fi rst rate. Lide I hope this will fi nd you all well and hope you get my letters even if I dont get yours. we expect to get a ...
6. Life Back Home
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I hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner for we have bin moving and have bin very bissy for three or four days. I am well excepting a hard cold. I have gin pretty near sick with a cold ever write a few lines to you. we have orders to march again tomorrow morning at day brake. I dont know whare we shal go this time but ...
7. “The Bulits Whistled Right Smart”: Battle of Hatcher’s Run I (Boydton Plank Road)
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I have seen the elephant. I wrote you a letter dated the 26 in which called at four oclock and ordered to get our breckfast and pack our about six miles and was drawn in line of battel. we drove in the Reb picketts and stoud and fought about two hours and then fel back about 60 rods and stoped. we sent out two old regts. of old soldiers ...
8. Wrecking the Weldon
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I have just recied two letters from you about ten minuts ago and was right glad to hear that you was all well. I am well but some lame from the long march we have just returned from. I received ansur stating we was ordered to march. we started the next morn-ing and got back last night. we are within four miles of our old ...
9. Faith and Fighting
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.... . . All the objection I have to joining the Church is this: if I live to come home I dont think I shal stay in that country. If you think best I am willing. You can do as you like and you will suit me. . . .. . . Lide, as far as joining the Church is concerned joyn it if they will take us in. tel them to remember me in thear prayrs for I think ...
10. “We Will Probley Have to Go”: Battle of Hatcher’s Run II (Dabney’s Mills)
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I have just reced yours of the 25th and hasten to ansur it. I reded one day befour yesterday dated the 23rd. I know well enough that I knot get all of your letters but I cant complain of you. I wrote one ing it and there is onley four or fi ve left in camp. it seams quite hospatle but will have a man detaled I guess tomorrow to help me. ...
11. Epilogue: Fires and Rainbows
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...orders and hav 60 rounds of cartidg. Thair is something up now. Far distant friend this plesant morning I take pen in hand to write to you. I am well and enjoying good health and hoping this will Morris I recieved your letter last night and will try to answer a fi le just ahead of me. I think he looked rather sober that day. He ...
Appendixes References Index
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Back Flap, Back Cover
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Page Count: 264
Illustrations: 21 black and white illustrations, 4 maps, 8 tables
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: New York State
Series Editor Byline: Deanna McCay