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Soldiering with Sherman: The Civil War Letters of George F. Cram Hardcover – August 17, 2000
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"An important read for anyone interested in the Civil War."—Journal of Illinois History
"A rewarding and informative book.... Bohrnstedt has done a good job of introducing Cram to us as a complete, well-rounded human being, so we can more fully understand and appreciate his letters and his insight into his experience of war."—Civil War News
"A must-read."—Chicago Magazine
From the Publisher
This fine collection provides an Illinois soldier's view of the western campaigns of the war from 1862-65. Cram was a twenty-one-year-old college student when he enlisted in Company F of the 105th Illinois Infantry in the summer of 1862. Over the next three years he fought his way across the breadth of the Confederacy. His letters provide keen observations of the Battles of Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, among others, and offer his views of key figures of the era, including Generals Thomas, Hooker, Rosecrans, Howard and Sherman.
This is a book about the Civil War. But the universal themes by which Cram's life is guided appeal to our sensibilities beyond that of narrowly understanding the Civil War. Understanding humanity, the value of relationships,a dn all the ingredients by which they are bound together--trust, truth, determination and honor--is also what Cram shared. The lives of Cram and those friends, family, and comrades closest to him were examined extensively in order to understand the magnitude of impact on the many lives of one Illinois community resulting from the unforgotten days of "Soldering with Sherman."