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
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