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Lincoln's Hammer Volume I

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by: David Paul Davenport
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Publication Date: October 10, 2020
Book Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 292
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781648587047

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Book Synopsis
Preserving the Union was the goal of Henry Banta of Collamer, Indiana, when he enlisted on April 21, 1861, to put down the rebellion by those dissatisfied with the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Four and a half years later he returned home victorious having served as a foot soldier, a pioneer, a mounted infantryman, and an engineer building fortifications at Chattanooga. Volume I elaborates upon his diary and provides details of his service in Western Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, a smidgen of Mississippi, much of northern Alabama, and some of northwestern Georgia as he served under Generals Reynolds, Buell, and Rosecrans, and fought at Greenbrier Bridge, Corinth, Stone's River, Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga, and Farmington, and in raising the siege of Knoxville. Volume II details his service in 1864-65 in the Atlanta campaign and at Chattanooga as an engineer. He returned home in October, 1865, having served longer than almost any other volunteer soldier.
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David Paul Davenport received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1983, where he studied historical demography, especially migration and mortality. His interest in the Civil War stems from his work as graduate assistant for O. Vernon Burton, now of Clemson University, who has built a career studying the social history of mid-19th century America. Since 1990 David has lived in Fresno, California, and in 2008 he began to study the Union veterans who settled in or near Fresno. Henry Banta arrived in 1885 and was a charter member of Post 92 of the Grand Army of the Republic.
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