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The Road to Red House by Charles and Peggy Strickland

The Road to Red House

by Charles and Peggy Strickland

200 pages
Civil War letters of Sergeant Frank Strickland wounded at Gettysburg

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Category: Biography
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About the Book
After the death of his mother in 1997, Chuck Strickland found a treasure trove of Civil War letters, diaries, published articles, genealogy notes, and other memorabilia that had been passed down through the generations to his parents. His wife Peggy began transcribing the Civil War letters written home by Francis Strickland to his wife in Red House, New York. Francis and many of his friends and neighbors fought with the 154th New York Volunteers assembled at Jamestown in 1862. These letters describe the personal side of a soldier’s life during the early days of the Civil War as Francis describes the aftermath of the battles of Bull Run, and the 154th’s involvement in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Francis’ letters home ended when he lost his arm after being wounded on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

After the war Francis Strickland was elected the first Town Supervisor of Red House, and his oldest son Theron became a teacher and writer. As the phantom writer for the Randolph newspaper “The Courant”, Theron, writing as the “Mountaineer”, posted a weekly correspondent’s column. These columns are included in the book and give the reader a snapshot of small town life in Red House during the early 1880’s.

 

 

About the Author
Chuck Strickland is an engineer, author of technical books and articles, and business owner. Peggy Ann Strickland is a genealogist and the Strickland family historian. They sold a successful underwater camera business in 1993 and now live on the central coast of California where their hobby is viticulture and home winemaking.

 

 

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