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Rough Intro Sunny Land (P (Butler Center Book) Paperback – December 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0970857439 ISBN-10: 0970857438 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Butler Center Book
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970857438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970857439
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,791,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The preface from Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service sets out in one sentence the very basis of this book: "The observant Strong "tells it like it is" out on the western border." This diary details a war to the knife, and the knife to the hilt; a story about Union Soldiers, white and "darky" (Colored U.S. Infantry units), fighting Confederates, Bushwhackers, Indians, along with the cold of one of the coldest winters in years, lack of food, and just plain old boredom.
This book details a fight that few know about from the War Between the States: that of fighting in the Trans-Mississippi, the country west of the Mississippi River. There are numerous books on the war that takes place in Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas; these are nearly always by officers although you occasionally find one by an enlisted man. But when it comes to the Trans-Mississippi, there are few books on the War west of the Mississippi. This one is a real gem. It was so easy to place myself in the shoes of Private Strong as he talks about marching 12, 18, 20 and sometimes more miles a day, or having to carry all his supplies on his back and finding out he can get by on a blanket and spare shirt, burning what he does not want to carry, or the times he was hungry because of a lack of food. This book was a real delight because so many of the place names are still familiar to us today, as Strong hikes the road from Fort Scott, through Cowskin Prairie by Maysville, Cincinnati, Cane Hill, Fort Smith, Van Buren, and other marches over a two year period to Little Rock, Washington, Camden, Hot Springs, Ozark, Indian Territory, and other places.
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