On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Volunteers was felled by a Confederate bullet. His body bore no identification save an ambrotype picture of his three young children clutched in his hand.... Dunkelman reconstructs his story...[in] a welcome contribution to understanding the popular culture of the Civil War and Vicrorian America.
A very human tale that can be enjoyed by historians and casual readers alike. Dunkelman weaves an intimate biography around a larger picture of late 19th-century America. In doing so, he has produced a very readable book.
Rarely does a book reveal the tragedy of war as does Dunkelman's writing combines a skilled novelist's flair for words without sacrificing the historian's perspective....This book can be enjoyed as a biography or as a cultural study. Either way, it is highly recommended.
It is a good book for the nonspecialist who is interested in the details of what life, and death, were like for the ordinary people caught up in the events of the nineteenth century.
This book tells an interesting and little-known story.
Dunkelman has written an extensive account of Humiston and his family - a tragic story about a family whose lasting place in history was determined by a life, too short - a soldier's death.
Dunkleman provides a well-textured description of Humiston's military career, from training camp through a narrow escape at Chancellorsville to his fatal encounter at Gettysburg....Dunkelman does not push his evidence further than it can go. His knowledge of social history brings Humiston's pre-war and wartime doings to life, but he always distinguishes between what was going on with most common men and what probably was going on with Humiston. He never ascribes motives that he can't document.
With Dunkelman's book, the Unknown Soldier's story takes on new life and fascinating detail.
Rarely does a book reveal the tragedy of war as does ^IGettysburg's Unknown Soldier.^R Mark Dunkelman delves thoroughly into the story of Sgt. Amos Humiston, his wife, and orphans. This new trek into well-worn Gettysburg lore is told with pathos and historical accuracy....Dunkelman's writings combines a skilled sacrificing the historian's perspective.
Dunkelman'a well-researched and deeply felt narrative offers an effective and fascinating look at how the tragedy experienced by the Humiston family fit into Civil War-ear assumptions about patriotism, fame, religious belief, and sentimental notions of sacrifice.
Of the multitude of human interest stories associated with the battle of Gettysburg, that of Amos Humiston has long been regarded as one of the most poignant. But of all the many times that Humiston's story has been recounted, it has never before been told with the rich detail found in Mark Dunkelman's ^IGettysburg's Unknown Soldier^R. For the first time, the reader is introduced to Humiston the man...Mr. Dunkelman has woven together a compelling narrative that should fascinate all who are interested in the broader, human implications of the tragic events that occurred at Gettysburg in 1863.
The fate of Amos Humiston was one of the great human interest stories of Gettysburg....Mark Dunkelman has told Humiston's story with a verve and sensitivity that will leave no reader unmoved.
Mark Dunkelman's thorough research and facile writing has produced the definitive account of one of Gettysburg's best human interest stories.