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Imperfect union : a father's search for his son in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg

Author: Charles Raasch
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Stackpole Books, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This vivid exploration of one of Gettysburg s most famous stories--the story of a father and a son, the son s courage under fire, and the father s search for his son in the bloody aftermath of battle--reconstructs Bayard Wilkeson s wounding and death, which have been shrouded in myth and legend, and sheds light on Civil War era journalism, battlefield medicine, and the good death.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
New York (State)
Named Person: Bayard Wilkeson; Samuel Wilkeson; Bayard Wilkeson; Samuel Wilkeson; Bayard Wilkeson; Samuel Wilkeson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Raasch
ISBN: 9780811718936 081171893X
OCLC Number: 944568450
Description: xiv, 402 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the probable truth --
Angels above him --
A deathlike stillness --
A nettlesome pain --
You should have seen him --
Jove! What a dish! --
To conscientiously and manfully perform the duties of a journalist --
A self-made man who worships his creator --
If I have watermelons and whiskey ready --
A fanatical, impertinent, revolutionary fellow --
Now General Sherman, tell us your troubles --
A changed man was he --
The yeast which overflows in many columns --
I am 17 years and six months of age --
He was pure in thought and word --
True, steadfast and gentle --
They string you up to a tree damned quick --
A country redeemed, saved, baptized --
In search of captains and children --
The most persistent news hunter in Washington --
An unusually gauzy mystery of enchantment --
Mr. Wilkeson has been constantly attacking the administration --
Howard's Cowards --
They are just like our people --
The sun shining on a piece of hot iron --
Pandemonium! --
Hard times at Gettysburg --
The war devil is in him --
The most fortunate hazard of the day --
I have spiked the gun for them --
A terrible but incredibly fascinating scene --
The marvel is that any of them escaped --
The ground shook --
There was neither vanity or bravado --
Whether living now or dead he could not tell --
Death was in every one of them --
Pursuing his duty with a heavy heart --
A butcher's pen --
Hateful ravages --
They came by the thousands --
How beautiful he looked at her out of his eyes --
I would rather hear he was dead than that he had disgraced himself --
Who can write the history? --
The blood of a brave son printing upon his tortured heart --
More than his proportionate part --
You will almost want to kill him --
Bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh --
He stood at my side --
I know what I saw distinctly with my own eyes --
He would have rather died that way than any other --
Sorrowful joy and profound gratitude.
Responsibility: Chuck Raasch.

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This vivid exploration of one of Gettysburg's most famous stories reconstructs Bayard Wilkeson's wounding and death, which have been shrouded in myth and legend, and sheds light on Civil War.  Read more...
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Much has been written about Civil War journalism-and not just by me-but too little about Civil War journalists. Chuck Raasch has helped fill that void with an exhaustively researched yarn that not Read more...

 
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