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Dignity of Duty : the Journals of Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath, 1861-1898 : a personal odyssey of service from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War

Author: Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath; Susan Gilbreath Lane
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Published 117 years after his death, the journals of Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath illuminate the true horrors of war and demonstrate the dignity Gilbreath felt about his service, and the importance he placed on duty to his nation. Gilbreath's accounts of his life of service in the army, traveling through the war-torn South during Reconstruction, the dangerous Texas frontier and wilderness of the West are vivid and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Named Person: Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath; Susan Gilbreath Lane
ISBN: 9780989792851 0989792854
OCLC Number: 908263722
Notes: Includes index.
Colored maps on lining paper.
"A personal odyssey of service from the Civil War to the Spanish-American war"--Cover.
Description: xv, 336 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Civil War --
Post-Civil War --
The Spanish-American War.
Responsibility: edited by Susan Gilbreath Lane ; Introduction by Carlo D'Este.

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"Published 117 years after his death, the journals of Erasmus Corwin Gilbreath illuminate the true horrors of war and demonstrate the dignity Gilbreath felt about his service, and the importance he placed on duty to his nation. Gilbreath's accounts of his life of service in the army, traveling through the war-torn South during Reconstruction, the dangerous Texas frontier and wilderness of the West are vivid and compelling. The journals include the story of his intrepid wife and children who also experiences the turmoil and change that were shaping 19th century America, as they followed Gilbreath wherever his orders took them. He continued writing until just days before he died while serving with the 11th U.S. Infantry in Puerto Rico at the end of the Spanish -American War. Many passages, including his firsthand account of the Battle of the Ironclads and his description of reconnecting with a fellow Gettysburg veteran in Chicago 21 years after the battle, are beautifully written, with a personal and emotional gravity found in the best literary works."-- from book flap.

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