The Flying, Gray-haired Yank: Or, The Adventures of a Volunteer ... A True Narrative of the Civil War (Google eBook)

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Edgewood Publishing Company, 1888 - United States - 414 pages
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What a great American hero Captain Egan was. One of the better personal recollections of a Civil War veteran that I have read. He was very intelligent, savvy and a polished gentleman. I love his description of the United States in 1860: "the grand old days of American Liberty, when individuals were taxed lightly and governed little but wisely"...We long for those days in 2013! Excellent book! 

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Great book! Gives fascinating details of the Civil War..great book for Civil War buffs, W. Va. History scholars, and those interested in the culture and politics of the time. A true American patriot who escaped death and a Confederate prison and saw the war to the end at Appamatox.

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