This work is taken from a massive multi volume hand written and illustrated daily account set down by Major John Mead Gould of the 1st, 10th & 29th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Carefully transcribed by historian Wm. Jordan from the originals in our personal collection with extensive footnotes, chapter introductions and index by nationally noted Civil War scholar Richard A. Sauers, this quality 8 ½ X 11inch, 574 page hard bound book is extensively illustrated with Major. Gould's period drawings and vintage photographs from our personal collection and the regimental collection of Nicholas Picerno. In his Civil War News review Ethan Rafuse states in part: Researchers looking for a common soldier's perspective on life in camp, Banks retreat from Winchester, the battle of Cedar Mountain, Maryland and Red River Campaigns and Sheridan's 1864 operations in the Shenandoah Valley will be hard pressed to find primary sources, published or unpublished that match the value of this observant (and quotable) young staff officer's writings. In our thirty (plus) years of avid interest and almost daily contact with Civil War material, we have considered acquisition of Major Gould's journals from his descendant, the sharing of his colorful first hand account via this quality publication by Butternut & Blue and finally placement of the originals in the Maine Historical Society collection, a highlight of our years in the field. An enjoyable read and a wonderful reference with limited availability.

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