By Cecil D. Eby Jr.

The Civil battle diaries of David Hunter Strother, identified higher to his contemporaries as "Porte Crayon," chronicle his 3 years of provider within the Union military with an analogous cogency and eye for element that made him some of the most well known writers and illustrators in the United States in his time. A Virginian strongly against secession, Strother joined the Federal military as a civilian topographer in July of 1861 and used to be quickly commissioned, emerging finally to the rank of brigadier basic. He served below a succession of commanders, together with Generals Patterson, Banks, Pope, and McClellan, successful their admire in addition to their self assurance. First released via UNC Press in 1961, A Virginia Yankee within the Civil War is an interesting firsthand list of the clash and of the divided loyalties it produced that's extra enlivened by way of Strother's extraordinary humor and insight.

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