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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
Reading this wonderful book a sense of 'being there with Hiram' is unavoidable - the vivid descriptions of characters and locations - their confusion and their hopes and sadly, their expereiences in those terrible battles and finally their treatment as POWs it would be a very cold person who is not moved by such a poignant book.
Anyone who is a history boffin or fan of historical events that have shaped our world and effected genrations will get very close to entering a time-machine while reading this wonderful book.
Tabor University is privileged to have such a committed historian.