The Wounded River: The Civil War Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, M.D.

The Wounded River The Civil War Letters of John Vance Lauderdale M D The Wounded River takes the reader back than years to reveal a marvelous first hand account of nineteenth century warfare In the process the work cuts the legends and mythology that have come to

  • Title: The Wounded River: The Civil War Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, M.D.
  • Author: Peter Josyph Peter Josyph
  • ISBN: 9780870133282
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wounded River takes the reader back than 130 years to reveal a marvelous, first hand account of nineteenth century warfare In the process, the work cuts the legends and mythology that have come to frame and define accounts of America s bloodiest war Of equal significance, Peter Josyph s editorial work on this superb collection of letters from the Western AmericaThe Wounded River takes the reader back than 130 years to reveal a marvelous, first hand account of nineteenth century warfare In the process, the work cuts the legends and mythology that have come to frame and define accounts of America s bloodiest war Of equal significance, Peter Josyph s editorial work on this superb collection of letters from the Western Americana Division of Yale University s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library enhances and clarifies Lauderdale s experinces as a surgeon aboard the U.S Army hospital ship D A January The reader looks on while Lauderdale, a New York civilian contract surgeon, operates on hundreds of Confederate and Union wounded The young doctor s clear writing style and his great compassion for these unfortunate men whose bodies were ripped apart by bullets, shell fragments, and bayonets permits us to catch a disturbiing glimpse of what modern warfare does to humanity Finally, we learn of Lauderdale s motives for volunteering, his impressions of the hospital ship D A January, Confederate morale, the Abolitionist cause, and black slavery The Wounded River is a must read for anyone interested in the real American Civil War.

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