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This is a well written and meticulously researched biography about the grandson of Paul Revere the iconic figure of the American Revolution.
The first part of the book covers Revere’s prewar (Civil War) life, his stint as a naval officer in the Mexican-American War, his attempt to profit from the California Gold Rush. The author also provided some California history in this section of the book. Chemerka includes Revere’s role as an artillery consultant to Mexico’s president.
The last part of the book covers the Civil War. In 1861 Review joins the Union Army and took command of the 7th New Jersey Infantry. Chemerka traces the 7th’s organization under Revere’s leadership. Revere was promoted to Brigadier General and commander of the Excelsior Brigade. The author reviews Revere’s performance as leader of the Excelsior’s and his poor performance at Chancellorsville.
Chemerka covers the Court Marshall resulting from Chancellorsville for poor performance. Chemerka includes discussions that might appeal to Civil War historians interested in examining the conflict from nontraditional angles. The author offers insight into how soldiers reacted to natural environment and how their surroundings impacted their duties. Chemerka also illustrates how the uncertainty of war stimulates men. This is a great book for those interested in the Civil War. Wayne Hughes narrated the book.
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