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The Memoirs of Brigadier General William Passmore Carlin, U.S.V., by Giradri and Hughes (editors)

Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Pp. xii, 321. Illus, notes, biblio., index. $50.00. ISBN:0-8032-1494-4.

Passmore (USMA 1850) served for a time on the frontier, and at the outbreak of the Civil War was in Missouri. From 1862 he served in the heartland, and commanded brigades or divisions in most of the major operations in the West, from Corinth right on to Bentonville, and then served on occupation duty for a time. His memoirs are very well written, and often very frank, as when he mentions that he wept openly after Chickamauga, where he was almost “fragged” while trying to halt the flight of some panicked troops. The editors have provided two biographical essays, and a host of useful footnotes. A good book.

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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