“[Your Brother in Arms] flows along at an engaging pace, always giving the reader a keen feel and understanding of McClelland’s perceptions and psyche. That these letters were penned by a young man still in his teens and then early 20s stuns the reader.
Thoroughly researched and presented, this important collection will appeal to even the most seasoned armchair general. It reflects the outstanding efforts of McClelland, Plumb and the University of Missouri Press.”—Paul Taylor, Civil War News, January 2012
"[Your Brother in Arms] is a valuable contribution to Civil War studies."—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Battle Cry of Freedom
"Your Brother in Arms is an excellent resource for those interested in the 155th Pennsylvania, as well as a useful material on the Army of the Potomac in general. Of specific interest, and as the heart of the book, are McClelland's letters. They range from evocative and philosophical to whimsical and heart-wrenching, and are full of rich content. They help us understand not only McClelland the soldier, but also of more importance, McClelland the man."—Scott Mingus, Cannonball
"I found the book to be enjoyable and rich in context with an easy flow. Plumb's chronological approach to the story adds a new light to the sacrifices shared by soldiers. Each chapter is well researched ... Your Brother in Arms is well worth your time to read." R. Scott Martin, Military Review, March - April 2012
Follows McClelland from his enlistment to his encounters in a succession of critical battles, while the author expounds on his words by placing the events described in context and illuminating the collective forces at play in each account, adding a historical outlook to narrative.