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Apr 28 2021 Voices From the Attic

Imagine clearing out your family attic and discovering an enormous collection of letters written by two soldiers during the Civil War, but not knowing why the letters were there. Faced with that situation, Carleton Young spent more than a decade visiting battlefields and researching the two  soldiers as well as other people who appear in the letters. The two brothers were members of the celebrated Vermont Brigade in the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac. In Voices From the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War, he tells the story of these two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, the Bristoe Campaign, the Wilderness, Petersburg, and Cedar Creek. They then preserved that history through their surprisingly detailed and insightful letters. An additional element of the book as a final chapter involves a personal account of solving the mystery of how the letters ended up undisturbed a century and a half later in his parents’ attic in Pittsburgh and making the family connection to the soldiers.

The publication of the book was followed by many favorable reviews The Vermont History Journal called it “more than another good narrative, the book is an adventure of historical research and discovery.” Civil War News called it “a substantial contribution to the genre of first-person Civil War accounts becoming so popular today and would make a worthwhile addition to any Civil War student’s bookshelf.” The Western Pennsylvania History Journal said that the book “offers a deeply interesting look into two detailed experiences of the war which explore the battles as well as life in between.

About the author – Carleton Young has undergraduate degrees in economics from Westminster College and in English from Point Park University, an MA in history from Ohio University, and his PhD in the history of education from the University of Pittsburgh. For 37 years he taught AP American history at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh. He has also taught classes as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, the University of Pittsburgh, Eastern Gateway Community College, and in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

 

 

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