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Himself
Struggles of a Civil War Veteran with Rebels, Brits, and Devils
 

This book is historical fiction. It reconstructs the lives of Patrick and John Donohue, my great grandfather and great uncle respectively, using as much historical information and family memory as possible. The main characters, most of the secondary characters, and the events and environments they experienced are real. What they said and exactly what they did were invented to bring these people to life and allow the reader to experience some of what they experienced over a lifetime.

 

The main character is a composite of Donohue males. Children of the mid-nineteenth century started work right out of the sixth grade. They labored for pennies under conditions adult Americans today would not suffer for one day.

 

Patrick and John returned from America's worst war, the Civil War, with only a shadow of their manhood intact. Every day's work was a contest with war-induced weakness, a contest they by and large won and lost for fifty years.What they endured in that war, how they formed families and supported them, and their bid for mature manhood is the grist of the tale. 

 

                                                               Background Themes                                                                                                                           Character Themes

 

                                                       Irish Immigration                                                                                                                                  Influence of Family of Origin

                                                       Industrial Revolution                                                                                                                            Women's Roles

                                                       Buffalo First Ward                                                                                                                                 Civil War Impact

                                                       Bath Soldiers Home                                                                                                                              Alcoholism

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Roman Catholicism


                                                                           

 

THE AUTHOR, BILL DONOHUE, IS INTERESTED IN FACILITATING GROUP DISCUSSIONS.TO CONTACT HIM FOR HIS FREE PRESENTATIONS: himself@billdonohue.ws

TO PURCHASE A COPY: info@BuffaloHeritage.com


 

 

 

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