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Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Letters of William Cross Hazelton of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry Regiment [Kindle Edition]

Peter G. Beidler
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William Cross Hazelton spent four years as a brave and devoted member of the Union cavalry in the Civil War. During that time he corresponded with Fannie Morrill, the young woman who would become his fiancée and eventually his wife. His letters describe the life of an Illinois volunteer in the Army of the Potomac, the military unit that fought Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in most of the big battles of the Civil War: Williamsburg, Richmond, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Hazelton describes the battles from the viewpoint of an ordinary cavalryman slogging through the mud, following erratic orders, surviving for days on enemy turf eating nothing but hardtack, and wondering why the Union army, though superior in numbers and supplies, kept losing battles. After Lee surrendered and Lincoln was assassinated, Hazelton became part of the cavalry posse that chased John Wilkes Booth across the Potomac. His letters breathe new life into a war so devastating that it still scars the American psyche, while exhibiting a moral perspective far ahead of its time.
Army of the Potomac was a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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About the Author

PETER G. BEIDLER, retired professor of English at Lehigh University and the great-grandson of William Cross Hazelton, has painstakingly researched the historical background of Hazelton’s letters to clarify now-obscure references and explain what Hazelton left out in order to shield his future wife from some of the worst horrors of the war. Beidler has published many books and articles and won several teaching awards.

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  • File Size: 21687 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Coffeetown Press (September 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096UBSVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-So History August 4, 2013
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The title of this piece should omit the 'Army of the Potomac', as little is learned from the presentation of Hazelton's writings about the army.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Army of the Potomac January 19, 2013
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The book was an intimate look at the war interwoven with the personal life of a "common soldier" worth reading
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