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Death, Disease, and Life at War


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Christopher E. Loperfido is a native of Weedsport, New York and graduated from Oswego State University with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. Chris has worked for the National Park Service at the Gettysburg National Military Park in the summers of 2007 and 2008 as a park intern and National Park Service Ranger. He is currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security and lives with his wife, son, and pug in Washington State.


"Civil War history is replete with accounts of tactics and acts of battlefield heroism, but daily life for army surgeons remains something of a mystery. Christopher Loperfido offers us an invaluable glimpse of that life by editing and publishing Dr. Benton's letters in Death, Disease, and Life at War. The assistant surgeon with the 111th New York Infantry writes about everything from wounds, lice, exhaustion, and dysentery, to generalship, money, loneliness, and the perennial desire for more frequent letters from home. Extensive annotations provide context for the events described in the letters, and help readers get a sense of what it was like for one man to spend four years of his life
away from his family and at war."--Dennis A. Rasbach, author of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign: His Supposed Charge from Fort Hell, his Near-Mortal Wound, and a Civil War Myth Reconsidered

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