Item description for The Crowther Letters by Jr. Hileman Robert R....
In this, the first volume of Robert Hileman's The Crowther Letters, the reader will encounter the rarest of all historical biographies, that of the Common Man, or rather, common man living in uncommon times. Biographical history, by its own definition, defers to selected lives of exceptional people having impact upon events. The life of Colonel James E. Crowther reverses that process. The event - the Battle of Kernstown - is recounted through the eyes and words of one who is intricately part of the event itself, both as observer and participant. This is history as it happened, "in the midst of things," not reported from a mountaintop or recollected from an easy chair. "Oh, but the bullets did whistle past Papa's head," wrote Crowther to his 7-year old daughter, Allie, just days after the battle. Actuality and reality: this is Crowther's ground-view of the Civil War, in particular, and military life, in general. Crowther's regiment had its troubles in the Battle of Kernstown and one wonders how the regiment will fair in the greater engagements at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, volume two of this extraordinary tale. Hileman's treatment is sagacious; he lets a good story tell itself. Never intrusive, working behind the scenes weaving in useful narrative data, the life of James Crowther is presented in uncluttered richness. Hileman allows his subject to talk directly to readers 140 years hence. It's all there: Crowther's frustrations, his growing impatience with higher command, his understandable concern for family and future, and finally, his heart-felt pride in the men serving under him. This is history written from the bottom up, not top down, and as such, it beckons powerfully. What is "common" becomes uncommon; facts and homespun-opinion transcend themselves into something sanctified. Robert Mull, Penn State University, English faculty, and journali
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Publisher Word Association Publishers
ISBN 1932205209 ISBN13 9781932205206
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A Great Account of Civil War Life and Battle Aug 6, 2006
Dr. Bob Hileman has put together a great book here. It focuses on Colonel James Eli Crowther, a militia commander and livery worker from a town called Tyrone in Central Pennsylvania. The book covers the beginning of the war, the Colonel's family, and battles he took part in, including Kernstown and many other battles fought throughout Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
The second volume, "Chasing Stonewall to Chancellorsville," is also released and covers more battle in Virginia up to the death of Colonel Crowther at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. He is the senior officer buried in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, not far from Chancellorsville.
A third volume of the Crowther letters will be released in the near future. These books give a unique insight into Civil War-era life and "The Colonel from Tyrone." This series should be included in the collection of any student of American Civil War History.