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Hiram's Honor: Reliving Private Terman's Civil War Paperback – March 20, 2009
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Hiram Terman sets off for war, a naive young man caught up in the patriotic bravado of the war. He encounters boredom, the hardships of training and camp life, then the horror of the first battle. Each battle takes you into the smoke, the shelling, the experience of having a comrade's head blown off his body.
Captured at Gettysburg, Hiram survives multiple prison camps (Belle Isle, Andersonville). He learns the importance of teaming up with others to make it through the starvation, disease and filthy conditions as a prisoner of war.
I found it a fascinating reading experience and particularly appreciated the careful scholarship and research that went into creating it. I've been working on a similar project researching my own Civil War ancestor who was at Andersonville. This book is quite an achievement in conveying the experience of an infantryman while making a compelling story of it.
Dr Terman's background as an educator and scientist are used to advantage. His language is both clear and accurate. He has gone to the trouble of explaining biological and medical aspects of the Civil War that are generally lost to readers.
I recently finished reading several of Winston Groom's Civil War books and Shelby Foote's 3000 page narrative. These are wonderful books and I recommend them highly. However, no living person was present during the Civil War. Many names and places were taken for granted by earlier generations. Dr Terman makes no such assumptions and educates us where we probably need educating.
This is the ideal book for students just becoming interested in the Civil War. It is well written.
John B Lester
Then the long, hungry, thirsty, dry march to Richmond and again, the not knowing what is coming next. We feel his pain at losing friends and of his will to survive. I will not spoil the remainder to the book, but a good half of this work deals with life as a prisoner of war. One can feel the isolation and deprivation as they read the pages. If one has ever followed the life of a captive who is sent to the lower bowels of human treatment by his fellow man, then this is the place to gain an understanding.
I recommend this fine book and appreciate all the maps and pictures. The author visited many of the sites described in the book and has provided modern photographs of these locations and modern markers as well.