Orrin’s Story: Patriotism and Love of Country. The Union Now and Forever
The Union Now and Forever
Thomas V. Getchell & Marilyn L. Getchell
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Orrin’s Story is a collection of 24 letters written by a Union private in the Excelsior Brigade to his family in Maine. They provide reflective accounts of major battles including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the siege of Petersburg and the Confederate surrender at Appomattox through the eyes of an American patriot with deeply-held family and cultural values.