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"Oh! Hast Thou Forgotten": Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War: The Gettysburg Campaign Paperback – April 21, 2008


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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419689185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419689185
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard L. Hamilton, the author of “Oh! Hast Thou Forgotten”(2008), Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War: The Gettysburg Campaign, “The Plant: Oh Quality Where Art Thou”(2009), and “Shiloh to Durham Station” (2011) is a retired General Motors Corporation manufacturing engineering manager who holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University [GMI], and MS in industrial supervision from Western Michigan University. He is a former professor of engineering technology at Western Michigan University, and Director of Technology at Ferris State University. He has authored a tennis sports page for the SaddleBrooke [Arizona] community monthly newspapers, as well as a special Civil War Memoir series that ran twelve months in 2007-2008. He has held public office in his former home state of Michigan, serving as chair of the Thornapple Kellogg District school board, Middleville village government, and former trustee and elder of his local church. He has written three unpublished books concerning genealogy and biographies of his Hamilton-Patten family. He has given special Civil War program presentations to historical societies and clubs about the service of his maternal ancestor [1st Sgt. Geo. T. Patten] who fought with Brig. General George A. Custer in the Michigan Cavalry Brigade, and his paternal ancestor [Pvt. Samuel M. Hamilton] who fought with General John Buford of the 1st Division U.S. Cavalry. Richard is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution [SAR] with maternal and paternal ancestors who served in the Continental army and navy, and member of the Sons of Union Veterans-Michigan Camp #17. He is also a candidate for the Mayflower Society through his ancestors John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

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A very readable book.
M. Falkowski
Plenty of pictures are present, and an index which helps keep the characters straight.
Midwest Book Review
Very interesting, one of those books you can't put down.
Carol A. Engerson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Richard L. Hamilton, author of three unpublished books of Patten-Hamilton genealogy, calls this book a work of historical fiction, but it reads like the real thing.

Primarily written in the first person, it is the tale of George Thomas Patten, who enlisted in the 6th Michigan Cavalry in the autumn of 1862. The book follows his military experiences and personal tragedies through his death in combat at Falling Waters, West Virginia July 14th 1863 while engaging Lee's retreating army.

The 6th Michigan Cavalry was commanded at the battle of Falling Waters by 22 year old Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer. which should help sales.

What makes "Oh! Hast Though Not Forgotten" a good read is the honest story of George Thomas Patten. He just feels like the real McCoy. I think you will like him too. Several of his relatives also served in the 6th Michigan Cavalry, which remind us that families often served together in these volunteer state regiments. They lived as neighbors, enlisted together, suffered together, faced the reality of combat together and took care of their own dead.

Plenty of pictures are present, and an index which helps keep the characters straight. The editing could have been stronger, eliminating some duplicate pictures and lengthy narrative.

Richard N. Larsen
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lowell White on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book directly from the author. He had set up a booth at the 2009 Jackson MI Civil War reenactment. I chatted with the author who seemed nice enough. He had written a book based on letters written by his ancestor Sgt. George T Patten who served in the 6th Michigan Cavalry. As Michigan in the Civil War is one of my main interests,I bought the book and I eagerly started reading as soon as I arrived home. The book turned out to be a confusing mixture of historical fiction and an account of the Gettysburg Campaign. Neither approach works. The imagined conversations do not ring true. The historical account bounces around and contains information not related to Michigan Cavalry Brigade.(Such as an account of Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine on Little Round Top.) Mr. Hamilton states more than once that 51,000 were killed on both sides at Gettysburg. Total CASUALTIES of killed, wounded and captured were about 51,000. The number of killed at Gettysburg will never be known but estimates range between 6,000 and 8,000. The maps are OK and were obtained from the National Park Service. The photos are a mixed bag. I liked the photos of the flags carried by the Michigan Brigade. However, the same photo of Sgt. Patten is placed on four different pages. There are also four photos of Gen. Custer, three of Gen. Kilpatrick, three of Maj. Weber, and multiple photos of others as well. I have never seen this in a book before. Toward the back of the book there is a list of the officers of the 6th MI Cavalry totaling 71 pages. It appears this was added simply to lengthen the book. With proper editing and a complete rewrite, this could be an adequate article for a magazine such as Civil War Times. This is a disappointment as a book. I would only buy this if it was in the bargain bin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Linderman on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very personal look back at the author's great great grandfather, George Patten, who at age 28 in the summer of 1862 joins a calvary unit from his home state of Michigan to do his part in the American Civil War. He leaves behind his parents, a beloved wife and a young child to fight for a cause in which he deeply believes.

Through the eyes of Quartermaster Sergeant Patten we follow his journey from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his company is trained to the long train journey to Washington City where he sees action in the battle of Gettysburg and a few days later in the battle of Falling Waters in West Virginia. His company, decimated by the Gettysburg battle, is ordered to charge a rebel position defended by hundreds of soldiers. Great great grandfather Patten writes a touching letter home before the battle and as he feared he is killed in a hopeless charge.

Author Richard Hamilton uses letters from Patten along with dozens of primary sources to flesh out the story of this union farmer in his last year of life. Through Patten we see the horror of our nation's most awful war and the effect it had on one man's family. The troop maneuvering of generals, the political machinations of politicians are all there but it is the foot soldiers, George Patten and his comrades in arms, who do the dying and suffering. Hamilton never loses track of this and "Oh! Hast Thou Forgotten" is never far from this truth of war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Harding on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
A GREAT read!
VERY insightful!!!
And for once...a WONDERFUL account not only of the cavalry battle here in Hunterstown, July 2nd, 1863....but the entire Gettysburg Campaign.
I felt like I was "riding with the cavalry"!!!
I could "see and hear...and smell" the day!
A WONDERFUL account...that is MUCH needed....in the annals of history!
First rate!
Well done!
You are to be commended for this written documentation...
as are all the Wolverines that fought here!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul L. Gaurnier on May 26, 2008
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A well written image-capturing book. I am not a history buff but was enthralled with following the events of those trying years. It was written in such a manner that I felt the relatives of Hamilton(the author) were people I was close to. It does leave an impression on the reader( especially since I'm writting this on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008 )This is a book that could be used as required reading in 6th, 7th grades and the students would read it because they'd get so interesred in it. Paul Gaurnier
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