Lost Soul: A Confederate Soldier in New England

Lost Soul: A Confederate Soldier in New England

by Les Rolston


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Sam Postlethwaite was a Confederate soldier buried in an unmarked grave in Rhode Island. Beginning with nothing more than a handful of dirt, author Les Rolston's innocent curiosity about this mysterious soldier's grave became a journey of thousands of miles that eventually led him to the soldier's family. The result is this factual account of Postlethwaite's odyssey and the author's determined efforts to learn his story.
Other important facets of this affecting historical account are the experiences of Postlethwaite's fourteen-year-old brother, who found glory with Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley; and a boy from a prominent Rhode Island family who was emotionally ruined by the Civil War. Both their families, embittered by war, were destined to merge through a Civil War romance and marriage.
This book is a tribute to all of the people, Northerners and Southerners, who joined together to choose forgiveness and understanding over bitterness and hatred.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692674840
Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2016
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 797,812
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Les Rolston was born in 1954 and has studied American history for most of his adult life. His greatest interest is in the lives of ordinary people, who in times of crisis go on to do extraordinary deeds.
His first book, Lost Soul: A Confederate Soldier In New England (Mariner 2007 (second edition), described his efforts to preserve the unmarked grave site of a Confederate soldier buried in Rhode Island. As a result of this book Rolston gained national attention, telling his story through the Associated Press and television programs. He has received citations from the Rhode Island House of Representatives and a letter of commendation from former United States Senator Claiborne Pell. He was also awarded the Jefferson Davis Medal, the United Daughters of the Confederacy's highest award.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

Three Generations 17

The National Fuse 25

Rush to Glory 41

Second to None 65

A Good Taw 88

He'll Be Heard From 110

Seige 132

The Next Few Days are Quite Uncertain 153

How Far South Are We Going? 170

The Stage Was Set for Tragedy 193

It Was Astonishing That Every Man Did Not Fall 212

When Will This State of Things End? 229

I May Go Up to Vicksburg 253

Epilogue 273

Bibliography 277

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