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In The Ranks From the Wilderness to Appomattox Court House   By:

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In this gripping narrative, R. E. McBride takes us through his personal journey from a lowly private to a seasoned soldier in the American Civil War. Through vivid descriptions and heartfelt accounts, the author offers readers a unique glimpse into the experiences of those who served on the front lines.

One of the book's strongest points lies in the author's ability to convey the raw emotions and realities of war. McBride spares no detail when discussing the harsh conditions, the devastating losses, and the unwavering camaraderie formed among soldiers. This candid approach allows readers to truly appreciate the sacrifices made by these brave men, regardless of which side they fought for.

Moreover, the book's structure is well-organized, making it easy to follow the author's progression throughout the war. Each chapter is dedicated to a different significant event or period, providing a comprehensive overview of the conflict. From his initial enlistment to the climactic Battle of Appomattox Court House, each step of McBride's journey is carefully documented and thoroughly examined.

The author's writing style is simple yet compelling, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish. McBride's attention to detail shines through, especially when describing the dramatic scenes of battle. He skillfully portrays the chaos, fear, and bravery exhibited by soldiers on both sides, creating a vivid atmosphere that allows readers to understand the magnitude of the conflict.

However, one aspect that could have been improved upon is the inclusion of personal anecdotes or reflections. While the book focuses primarily on the author's experiences, deeper insights into his thoughts and emotions during crucial moments would have added an extra layer of connection between the reader and the protagonist. Such personal reflections would have greatly enhanced the already captivating narrative.

In conclusion, "In The Ranks From the Wilderness to Appomattox Court House" by R. E. McBride is a remarkable account of one man's journey through the American Civil War. Through his honest and compelling storytelling, McBride immerses readers in the brutal reality of war while shedding light on the unbreakable spirit and resilience of those who fought. This book is a valuable addition to any Civil War enthusiast's library, proving that personal narratives continue to be a powerful testament to the human experience in times of conflict.

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[Illustration: R. E. McBRIDE.]

IN THE RANKS:

FROM THE

WILDERNESS TO APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE.

THE WAR, AS SEEN AND EXPERIENCED BY A PRIVATE SOLDIER IN THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

BY REV. R. E. M'BRIDE.

A tale of the times of old. The deeds of days of other years. OSSIAN.

CINCINNATI: PRINTED BY WALDEN & STOWE, FOR THE AUTHOR. 1881

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1881, by

R. E. M'BRIDE,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

In giving this book to the public we do so under the same plea which justifies those pleasant gatherings called "reunions," where men of the same regiment, corps, or army, meet to extend friendly greetings to each other, to friends, and all comrades in arms.

The writer has found it a pleasant task to recall the scenes of fifteen years ago, when, a mere boy in years, he had a part in the events here recorded. He is conscious of a kindly affection toward the men who were his companions during those stirring times. Kindness, thoughtfulness, forbearance, toward the boy soldier, are not forgotten. If he found any thing different from these in his intercourse with men or officers, it has passed from memory, and he would not recall it if he could... Continue reading book >>




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