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My Life in America Before, During and After the Civil War: Includes Meeting President Abraham Lincoln Hardcover – October 31, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Jo-An Pictures Ltd (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890719137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890719135
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Louis Hensel was born in Germany in 1817 and worked and traveled from Germany to France, Holland, and then arrived in New York City in 1848. On his first day in Manhattan, he started working in an Art Shop as a carver of artistic ivory pieces. In 1850, he moved to Long Island to become a farmer. He also spent many years traveling with the German Opera Co. of New York. He settled in Hawley, Pennsylvania with his family, and in his later years, became a music teacher and taught violin and guitar. He died in Hawley in 1908. Sigrid Wilshinsky was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1943. Her love of animals and natural habitat is exemplified by her style of living, high in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has her land under conservancy, and it will always be a nature preserve. She migrated to the United States in 1962. Her talents include writing, metal sculpture, fabric design, and dress and shoe design.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Title: My Life in America ~ Before, During and After the Civil War
Author: Louis Hensel
Translator: Sigrid Wilshinsky
Publisher: Jo-An Books
ISBN: 13 978-1-890719-13-5

"Well, when I want to do something I usually make it happen, if possible," wrote German-born Louis Hensel in his translated memoir, "My Life in America - Before, During and After the Civil War." In reading this adventurous man's life story, he did indeed accomplish so much in his ninety-one years on this earth.

At three hundred and fifty pages, this paperback book has an old black and white photograph of a uniformed American soldier posing on a horse on the front cover. The back cover has a paragraph about Hensel and a note by translator Wilshinksy. There are a few family photographs included inside. The book is geared to anyone interested in reading about the people, land and culture in America from the mid-nineteenth century to the early nineteen hundreds.

Louis Hensel was an opportunistic, stubborn risk-taker and lover of art, music and nature who wrote letters during the last eleven years of his life of his worldly escapades to his long lost daughter that he had not seen since she was a baby and grand-daughter he never met. Although he was born in Germany and had a child there, he ended up in America with a wife and two children that apparently did not know of his past life. The letters detailed his varied vocations of sculpture/artist, musician/music teacher, horse trainer/instructor, farmer, and long-time opera set designer, choir singer and actor as he crisscrossed across the America's northern and southern states several times.
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These letters are a valuable addition to the local history of northeast Pennsylvania, and also add a unique perspective to our national history. Hensel was an interesting man who lived during interesting times. Translations are well done!
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