Imagine yourself as a 17 year old peering out over the walls of a small fortification such as this one on the Petersburg battlefield in 1865 and watching through the haze of powder smoke as the gray shadows of the advancing Confederate troops moved forward in Lee’s last attempt to break through Grant’s lies to the West and prevent his command from being totally surrounded.
Imagine yourself only a few days later advancing in the darkness of early morning on a scene similar to this one in which you and your comrades have to overcome obstacles and direct fire in order to storm the fortifications around Petersburg. In the process you lose one of your best friends and in the coming days of chasing General Lee across Virginia you only have a few moments to write to your sister and tell her that you are still alove but that it was finally “Rough Enough.”
“Rough Enough” is true history that reads with the pace and interest level of a good novel. It is composed of true letters and the correlation of these letters with the events happening on the battle field and later in Richard Clow’s life. It is action packed with new information from the perspective of the enlisted man rather than the officers so you have some idea of the daily trials in the trenches, picket posts and patrols that go to make the big picture of the campaign work out in the end.
There is ample information for classroom discussion if you decide to use it for teaching as supplementary reading to build a thorough understanding of both the end of the war and the events in the following years that led many men onto the frontiers.
For those of you who have read the book and/or re-blogged my notes to others, I thank you for your time and effort in making this book a success.
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