The Crowther Letters Robert R. Hileman Jr.

ISBN: 9781932205206

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The Crowther Letters  by  Robert R. Hileman Jr.

The Crowther Letters by Robert R. Hileman Jr.
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In this, the first volume of Robert Hilemans 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 ownMoreIn this, the first volume of Robert Hilemans 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 Papas head, wrote Crowther to his 7-year old daughter, Allie, just days after the battle. Actuality and reality: this is Crowthers ground-view of the Civil War, in particular, and military life, in general. Crowthers 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.Hilemans 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. Its all there: Crowthers 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.

Whatis 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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