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A Sergeant’s Story

A Sergeant’s Story by Barbara M. Croner

...Civil War Diary of Jacob J. Zorn [of Somerset County, Pennsylvania]. You are there! 1862-1865. A Union foot soldier's daily record as he lived it. Recruiting, camp life, marches, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Appomattox -- this perceptive, frank, informative; narrative style diary was edited by Sgt. Zorn’s great granddaughter. For three years he recorded everything he saw, felt, heard, thought, and did.

It is divided into three sections: The Conflict Prior to Enlistment; Daily Account from Enlistment to Discharge, and Roster for Company F, 142nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. The roster gives name, rank, age, eyes, hair, complexion, foot size, height, place of birth, occupation, enrollment (when, where and by whom), mustered in (where and when) of the men in his unit.

Included are  photographs Zorn had pasted inside his diary. He puts a cracker box floor in the tent, constructs tent chimneys, digs bomb proofs, is caught attempting a “French” leave, escapes a blanket hoist, hunts for food, drills, marches and fights. He is critical of Army decisions, keeps company records, a ball goes through his hat.

The reader gets a firsthand account of a foot soldier’s life as it was happening, in camp, on the move, and on the battlefield. You follow him to camp near Washington, to Fredericksburg, to Gettysburg, briefly to prison, back to his unit, and down through Virginia to Appomattox.

Civil War buffs, students of history, and pastime readers alike should find A Sergeant’s Story informative, frank, amusing, and sad as he vividly describes the daily life of a foot soldier in the Civil War.

First printed in hard bound edition in 1999, it is back in print in a softbound edition due to popular demand.

Every name index.

Reprint 2011, 8.5x11, Softbound, 212 pages

ISBN 9781558565180

Price: $24.95

SKU: CP-610

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