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In Chapter 7 we follow Richard Clow beyond the intense shelling and attacks on April 1, 1865 into the second day of the assault in which Petersburg finally falls to the combined Union forces and General Lee begins the long painful flight to the… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough,” Set #10, Chapter #7: How Bad Does the War have to be to be “Rough Enough?””
On April 1, 1965, Richard Clow describes a part of one of the charges on probably Fort Mahone, often described as one of the strongest built forts on the Confederate line around Petersburg. “We could hear each charge they made. The rebs would run… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough” set #9, Chapter #6: How do you attack across these kinds of defenses?”
The brain of a person who is associated with the long term violence and death of warfare has to either come to terms with that situation and rationalize some of the things that they see, or they begin to go crazy. This is seen… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough,” Set #8, Chapter #5: What Happens When Soldiers get too Accostumed to the Death and Destruction of War? Did These Men Develop PTSD Type Symptoms?”
Here’s a passage from “Rough Enough,” my Civil War book detailing Richard Clow’s Enlistment, Training, Combat, Reenlistment for the Frontier, Indian Conflicts, Marriage, Life on the farm, Mining for Deadwood Gold and moving on to Oregon. Do you empathize with this section of his… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough” Set #7 – Chapter #4: Can You Empathize with Richard Clow on This Passage?”
How do you entice people to join up to fight a war that has suddenly become a blood bath and everyone knows it? That became a question for both the Union and Confederate Armies and their governments. One of the solutions was to pay… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough” set #6, Chapter #3 : Being Cheated out of the recruitment bounties?”
As you read through the second chapter of Rough Enough it is important to remember that the military has treated it’s volunteers quite differently over the ages. This treatment has to do with enlistment periods as well as equipment provided. In 1776 the War… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough” #5: for Chapter 2- Equipment Provision and Bounties to later Volunteers in the Union Army.”
Richard Clow’s first enlistment at age 17 was a one hundred day gig at Camp Meigs in Readville, Mass. which began on August 18, 1864. This sounds somewhat like the Reserves training of the 1960’s to me; the volunteer receiving three months of indoctrination… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough” #4: What was it like starting off in the Army – then and now?”
As you are reading through chapter 1 of Rough Enough, take a bit of time to “googlelup” (is that a new word?) some of the old periodicals and newspapers that have been scanned into the internet. I would suggest Harper’s Magazine and Frank Leslie’s… Continue Reading “Reader Questions for “Rough Enough” #3: The Media Discrepancy and the Civil War Reality: Do a “Googlelup””
Map Boston Harbor Islands, Boston Harbor in 1800’s, Boston Harbor Map p.V To all you readers of the Civil War non-fiction, Rough Enough be sure to do a good comparison of the harbor map for Boston in 1865 showing the forts and training camps… Continue Reading “Thought Questions for readers of Civil War book “Rough Enough” #2: What happened to all those Boston Islands?”
Rough Enough follows the true life of young Richard Clow through his letters to his sisters while he was fighting at Petersburg, VA during the Civil War and later on the Montana/Dakota frontier. As the book opens, the first question that comes to mind,… Continue Reading “Thought Questions for CW book “Rough Enough” #1 Why Did Boys Join the Military in the Civil War?”
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