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A Legacy of Valor: The Memoirs and Letters of Captain Henry Newton Comey, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry (Voices of the Civil War)

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“The letters, memoir, and diary of Henry N. Comey are well written and of considerable historical value. As the writer was both an enlisted man and an officer in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry, he supplies several perspectives on life in camp and battle in one of the Union army’s ‘fighting’ regiments. There are excellent descriptions of parts of the battles of Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station and Gettysburg.” —Frank L. Byrne, late of Kent State University

In May 1861, following the attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln issued a call for seventy-five thousand volunteers. Following his graduation from Phillips Exeter, Henry Newton Comey enlisted in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry, one of these volunteer regiments. He served through the entire Civil War, entering as a private and rising rapidly through the ranks, becoming a captain in 1864. Comey’s writing provides a unique portrait of the soldier’s life; rarely does one find primary source material covering the same period from the same individual in different genres. But Comey wrote his family often during the war, kept a journal for most of 1863, and, shortly after Appomattox, composed a memoir of his military experiences.

A Legacy of Valor intersperses Comey’s letters and diary entries with his memoir to provide a fascinating account of a Union soldier’s life. Comey saw some of the war’s most pivotal battles, including Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, as well as witnessing Sherman’s March to the Sea. This descendant of Scottish and Revolutionary American patriots wrote with honesty and increasing graphic detail as the war progressed, from a stirring account of patriot games to a disgusted recollection of being “beaten by an army of half our number.” Comey revealed his commitment to the Union cause by reenlisting when his term was up. An educated young man, his observations and political commentary reflect his evolution from eager young private to hardened veteran.

Lyman Richard Comey is a retired secondary school principal who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Henry Newton Comey was his great-grandfather’s cousin. Like his ancestor, he served as a Captain of Infantry, in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Comey is a retired secondary school principal living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Henry Newton Comey, the author's great- grandfather's cousin, volunteered for military service in 1861 and served through the entire Civil War, rising through the ranks from private to captain. During those years, he wrote regularly to his family and kept a journal, and after the war wrote his memoirs. The edited collection of memoirs and letters provides detailed insights into life in camp and in battle, and Comey's impressions of the states through which his regiment traveled, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Presents a rare combination of memoirs, letters, and diary entries from the same Civil War soldier, Capt. Henry N. Comey, who served through the entire war and saw action in many pivotal battles, including Chancellorsville, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Sherman's March to the Sea.

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Lyman Richard Comey is a retired secondary school principal who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Henry Newton Comey was his great-grandfather’s cousin. Like his ancestor, he served as a Captain of Infantry, in the U.S. Army Reserv

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572332478
Author:
Comey, Henry Newton
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Author:
Comey, Lyman Richard
Location:
Knoxville
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Voices of the Civil War
Series Volume:
no. 165
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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