Amy Truesdell: From Binghamton to the Battlefield
From Binghamton to the Battlefield: The Civil War Letters of Rollin B. Truesdell
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From Binghamton to the Battlefield draws the reader alongside Rollin B. Truesdell, a prolific letter-writer and an early enlistee in the 27th NY Volunteers, an infantry regiment that was one of the earliest to form and that was in the thick of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Rollin vividly described his day-to-day life as a soldier in such clashes as Gaines’ Mill, Crampton’s Gap, and Antietam, and in the camps where soldiers were tormented by disease as well as the slow passage of time.
Rollin’s letters shine a light on the unbreakable bonds of comradeship borne of shared war experience even as he clearly ached for home and family. Through his own words and additional supporting context about the military and political environment within which Rollin soldiered, this book chronicles events from the day Rollin mustered into service as an eager recruit until the day he returned home a war-weary, battle-tested veteran disillusioned by the unseemly political machinations of war, yet steadfast in his commitment to victory for the North.
Amy Truesdell is a writer and consultant with an appreciation for family and cultural history. Her debut book, From Binghamton to the Battlefield: The Civil War Letters of Rollin B. Truesdell, fulfills her long-held dream of narrating her great-great-grandfather's wartime experiences based on the 100+ letters he wrote home during the war and which the family preserved.
Formerly, Amy was a lead foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Department of State specializing in stabilization operations in conflict zones in Central and East Africa. Amy earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs and a Master of International Service with a focus on African Human Security from the American University. Currently residing in Midcoast Maine, she is a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and the International Thriller Writers. Branching out, she is now working on a novel.