Encounter with History
The Memoirs, Reminiscences, and Amazing Life of Captain Edmund
Richard Pitman Shurly, 18291909
In this richly detailed, compelling
historical biography, Robert Vanderzee brings to life the adventures,
courage, and determination of his great-grandfather, Edmund Richard
Pitman Shurly (18291909), who was a part of an extraordinary
generation during an extraordinary time.
Joining the Union army after Lincolns
first call, Shurly served with the twenty-sixth New York Volunteers
Infantry Regiment, which fought Stonewall Jacksons cannons
in numerous battles, including the second battle of Bull Run,
Front Royal, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.
After serving his country in the
Civil War, Shurly experienced a gigantic Confederate Secret Service
conspiracy to free prisoners in Chicago and embarrass Lincoln
before his reelection, and he experienced terrifying and bloody
gunfights with Sioux Indians along the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming
and Montana. On several occasions Shurly was injured, but he
summoned the strength to recover and continue service as the
country expanded westward.
In an odd twist of fate, Shurly
was also a victim of the Great Chicago Fire, which engulfed the
city and his home and business shortly after he returned from
his adventures out west.
Meticulously researched and documented,
this engaging volume pays tribute to an unsung hero of Civil
War and Indian War history.
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Encounter with History
Biography & Autobiography /
Publication Date: Mar-2008
Size: 6 x 9
Author: Robert Vanderzee
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