The Story of the Forty-eighth: A Record of the Campaigns of the Forty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry During the Four Eventful Years of Its Service in the War for the Preservation of the Union

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Arranged by F. H. Taylor; printed by Alfred M. Slocum Company, 1908 - Pennsylvania - 471 pages
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This book was written by my great grandfather, Joseph Gould who served as a Quartermaster Sgt. of the 48th Regiment. He was designated as the historian to write about the campaigns and battles of the Regiment during the four years of the war to preserve the Union ( 1861 - 1865 ). Joseph Gould accessed many sources such as notes,diaries, Official Records of the War and the Miners' Journal. The accounts and details are thorough and portray a group of brave men from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania who were dedicated to patriotism and forever abolished human slavery from our borders. The story of the Regiment and the Petersburg, Va mine is an incredible feat and significant part of the history of the Civil War. 


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Page 377 - Under the sod and the dew, Waiting the judgment day — Under the blossoms, the blue; Under the garlands, the gray. No more shall the war-cry sever, Or the winding rivers be red; They banish our anger forever When they laurel the graves of our dead ! Under the sod and the dew, Waiting the judgment day — Love and tears for the blue; Tears and love for the gray.
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