"Four Years Campaigning In The Army Of The Potomac" by Daniel C. Crotty is the story of the common soldier in the American Civil War.
Daniel Crotty was an emigrant from Ireland, who volunteered at the outset of the Civil War to serve his home state of Michigan. His love of the US, which had given him a chance at a rewarding life, not available in his native Ireland due to British oppression is evident throughout this moving book of his war experiences.
Crotty was the Color Sergeant in the Third Michigan Volunteers from 1861-1865. Thus, he served for the entire war with the Army Of The Potomac. He witnessed & participated in most of their major battles including the Peninsula Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness campaign, the siege of Petersburg, & finally the April 1865 climax of the victorious Union army.
He relates all the hardship, terror, & pain of those bloody battles, as well as the comradeship & bonding of the common soldier. War is begun by old men, directed by high ranking old military officers, but it is the young common soldier who suffers, is mutilated or dies in the process. This truism is born out in the pages of this book. Dan Crotty's book is a must read for any student of military history on the devastating impact of the American Civil War on the life of the common people.
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