December 14, 2022 @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Amy J. Truesdell will talk about her book, From Binghamton to the Battlefield: The Civil War Letters of Rollin B. Truesdell, and sign copies after her presentation. The book traces the experiences of her great-great-grandfather from the time he rushed from the family farm to answer President Lincoln’s call for volunteers in the wake of the attack on Fort Sumter, until he mustered out of the Union Army. Rollin served in the 27th NY Volunteers, a regiment that was one of the earliest New York regiments to form, and that was in the thick of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. A prolific letter writer, Rollin wrote with clarity and wit of what he saw and felt as a Union solider. Using the 100+ letters Rollin penned for his family as a guide, Truesdell will share the arc of Rollin’s experience as he transformed from eager raw recruit to war-weary, battle-tested veteran disillusioned by the unseemly political machinations of war yet steadfast in his commitment to victory for the North.
Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira, NY