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All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: The Civil War Letters of Lt. Peter Hunt 1861-1864 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

ISBN: 9781543205114
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2017-05-12
Number of pages: 286
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Dear Friends, Here I am on the sacred soil of the FFV within 8 miles of the rebel pickets, and expecting to move 6 miles further on every hour…

Sandra A. Turgeon and the East Providence Historical Society are proud to present this compilation of wartime correspondence from Lt. Peter Hunt. These intimate letters provide insight to the human cost of one of America’s bloodiest conflicts. Peter is not merely another faceless Union soldier but an eager eighteen-year-old recruit—his story exemplifies the courage of the many men who went to war.

Not until after the catastrophic First Battle of Bull Run did Peter receive his mother’s blessing to join the Union army. Peter’s regular letters back to his mother, sister, and three brothers evidence the alternating boredom and brutality of the war, chronicling a frustrating winter spent waiting at Miner’s Hill and the shock of seeing the carnage wreaked at the Battle of Hanover Court House. Peter’s own horse was once shot out from under him as his comrades beside him fell.

Peter experienced the violence of the war firsthand, but through it all, he kept his faith in the cause. Turgeon’s collection celebrates his bravery, honor, and humanity.

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