Yours for the Union: The Civil War Letters of John W. Chase, First Massachusetts Light Artillery

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Fordham Univ Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages

Yours for the Union is a collection of letters that takes us inside the life and mind of a Civil War soldier. John Chase's reports of his service with the Army of the Potomac, reveal what the war was really like for the men who fought it.

Chase was a 36 year-old cabinetmaker from Roxbury, a widower with four young children when he enlisted as a private in the First Massachusetts Light Artillery. These well written letters portray a man who is trying to provide for his children, maintain his finances, obtain food and clothing to supplement his meager rations, all while marching in the mud and fighting a war. While he was a patriotic Northerner, his occasionally crude language reflects his strong opinion of abolitionists, and especially, of abolitionist politicians.

 

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Contents

Alexandria
1
The Marshall House 6 Captain Josiah Porter
2
General George B McClellan in Harpers Weekly January 25 1862
14
Annie Lisle
18
Captain Follett
22
George Chase
32
Envelope of January 2 1862
44
Ben Winslow and John Chase
49
Detail from Letter of May 3 1862
88
Quaker Guns
90
Co F 114th Pennsylvania Zouaves detail
92
CSA Stamp 26 Letter of May 30 1862The
98
Envelope of May 30 1862
101
Maryland
139
Fredericksburg
167
Chancellorsville to Gettysburg 233 Chapter 5 Chancellorsville to Gettysburg Chapter 6 Warrenton and Brandy Station
277

General William B Franklin
53
Thomas and Mary Leavitt Marston
57
Relic from Fairfax Court House
70
Artillery by Edwin Forbes
75
Letter of April 15 1862
77
John Chases Travel Routes in Chapter 2
80
The Peninsula Campaign
81
Letter of April 20 1862
83
Envelope of April 27 1862
85
Letter of April 27 1862
86
The Overland Campaign
331
The Shenandoah Valley
353
Petersburg
391
Epilogue
403
Obituaries
409
Chronology
417
Battery Organization
425
Asher Chase
433
Index
455
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John S. Collier, great-great grandson of John W. Chase, and Bonnie B. Collier are both retired and live in Maryland. John S. Collier, great-great grandson of John W. Chase, and Bonnie B. Collier are both retired and live in Maryland.

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