Hard Marches, Hard Crackers and Hard Beds
A Great Grandfather's Letters Written During the Civil War
Edited by Laurence Lillibridge
Autographed copies of Hard Marches, Hard Crackers and Hard
Beds can be purchased directly from the author for $25.65 per copy. For
books that are mailed send payment of $29.95 to:
Lillibridge Publishing Co.
5313 Western Blvd. #B
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314-4255
The Arizona address is the winter time location. Books
can also be ordered from:
Lillibridge Publishing company
18881 173rd Avenue
Manchester IA 52057-8807
HARD MARCHES, HARD CRACKERS AND HARD BEDS
THE EDWARD ROLFE CIVIL WAR LETTERS AND DIARIES
A fine quality, cloth binding, hard cover book.
Size: 8 1/2 X 11 inches
216 total pages, 183 pages of text.
Foreword, introduction, and commentary by author.
5 maps, 9 documents and historical papers
Reproductions of 2 letters and 1 diary in Edward Rolfe's
21 fine quality pictures -- many are old time.
Edward Rolfe tells this true and sometimes tragic narrative in
his own descriptive words:
"I have stood in battle line three times, but no thought of
fear entered my mind."
"the dust in the road was four to five inches deep...we have
marched when we could not see the second man ahead of us."
"the long rool of the drums beat and every man to his gun."
"where we are the shells fly around pretty lively."
"the roar of the cannon and the crack of the Muskestry was one
continual thing till night closed in...the sight of the battle was grand but
awful...a person looking on would think that ardly a Man could escape in such a
storm of shot and shell...it was a dreadful and yet a beautiful sight."
Edward Rolfe's great grandson, Laurence F. Lillibridge, began
in July of 1990, the lengthy task of transcribing his ancestor's correspondence
to his family during the Civil War. He has been busy the past three and a
half years compiling the letters and researching family history and the war
records of the Iowa's 27th Regiment to include in the additional text in the
book. These letters and diaries received the best of care for more than a
century by their various custodians. However they have remained hidden
away on closet shelves, in dresser drawers, and in dark bank vaults in safety
deposit boxes where no one could see them. One hundred twenty-eight years
after the end of the Civil War they are now presented together in this book so
they can be shared with all of the Rolfe descendants and read and enjoyed by
everyone who is interested in the Civil War and the history of our nation.
These Civil War letters and diaries tell a story of the three
year adventure of an Iowa farmer as a Union Army soldier in Company F of the
27th Regiment of Iowa Infantry volunteers.
August 1862----August 1865
Camptom, Iowa ----- Montgomery, Alabama
Edward Rolfe, a common Union foot-soldier, and voluminous
letter writer, tells this true and sometimes tragic narrative in his own
descriptive words. His diaries of forty-five days and more than one
hundred letters mailed to his family from distant army camps where he served in
Northern and Southern states, describe this Civil War infantryman's daily life
"HARD MARCHES, HARD CRACKERS, HARD BED,
AND PICKET GUARD IN A DESOLATE COUNTRY"
In thirty-six months the 27th Regiment met the enemy thirty two
times in battle. They were known as the infantry regiment that made the
longest marches in the Civil War. They marched more than three thousand
miles and traveled over ten thousand miles by railroad cars and on steamboats,
over six rivers, in eleven states during the Civil War.