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A member of the 140th N.Y. commented that “soldierly duty was
his inward watchword” of his colonel, George Ryan, and Ryan’s writings
are positive proof. Penned during a dozen-year stretch of uninterrupted
military life -- from West Point and service in pre-war western territories, to his Civil War tenure as a staff officer and then commander of the 140th -- they reveal a young officer with an understanding of a military life. With patient optimism and a work ethic driven by modesty, Ryan’s letters illustrate his high attention
to detail and provide a professional soldier’s view of army service.
Brian A. Bennett, author of “Sons of Old
Monroe: A Regimental History of Patrick
O’Rorke’s 140th N.Y.V.I."
Edited by Susan Betts
8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Hardback