I am happy to introduce an excellent book by author and fellow WordPresser Richard H. McBee
“Rough Enough.” You can go visit him and find out even more about this book
At the tender age of 17, Richard Clow leaves to fight in the Civil War. In Rough Enough, read his actual letters home as Clow tells of the bloody battles of Petersburg and Lee’s retreat to Appomattox Court House. Upon returning home, Clow is unable to readjust to civilian life, reenlists and ultimately fights against Sitting Bull’s Sioux.
But the stress of war and life as a soldier are almost too much for him to handle. Clow struggles with battles and constant death. He begins to show symptoms of the frontier disorder known as “Soldier’s Heart.”
Is he tough enough for war? Can he handle going back to civilian life after fighting when he leaves the army? His personal diary describes travel with trader Charles Larpenteur. He befriends the influential Deadwood miner, William Story. Can he find love and success on the frontier?–Description from Amazon.com
You can find this book available here
- File Size: 1209 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: American Book Publishing (February 21, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BJQMU70
My thoughts on this book:
I love history and all things Civil War, so naturally this book piqued my interest. Once I began reading, I was absolutely fascinated by the tale of this young man (Richard Clow’s) life and experiences.
While I have read quite a few books that had to do with this era and the lives of individual men, none have touched me quite the way this one did. What was different about this book, was that not only do you get to relive a period of important American history through this man’s letters and thoughts during the actual war, but it goes on to describe his life after release. You get a clear picture of what day to day life was like for soldiers dealing with the after effects and trauma of war and a feeling of the restlessness that Richard Clow experienced when he tried to return to a civilian life.
I was particularly interested in the section of the book that told the story of Mr. Clow’s adventures in South Dakota. I have family that lives in Deadwood, Pierre, and Spearfish, South Dakota and the mining history has always been of interest to me. This book was the first opportunity I have ever had to really experience what the venture must have been like in those days.
The descriptions Richard H. McBee Jr. uses throughout his book are wonderful and his background information on his ancestor fill in the gaps in the letters wonderfully. He has done an excellent job researching this material and painting a more complete and fulfilling picture for his audience to enjoy. The portion of this book that tells how life really was for these young soldiers rekindled my desire to know more about the truth Vs. The myth of the Civil War and has prompted me to do further research. The author has included many photos and leads for his readers to follow so that they are able to gain further knowledge on this subject.
Some of the other exciting parts of this book for me were the interactions between the soldiers and the Indians, the level of excitement Richard Clow felt during his first battle and the way the author described the naivety and innocence of the young men who had not yet seen the battlefield.
If you have a basic knowledge and would like to learn more, or if you are simply interested in history, this is a perfect book to both entertain and educate yourself with.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions I have expressed are my own.