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Civil War Experiences of a German Emigrant
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In this stirring memoir, Joseph Ruff recounts his experiences during the first year of his four years of service in Company D of the 12th Michigan Regiment. It was “by far the most severe year of our service...a year of battles, severe marches, constant duties, privations, illness, and death.” Beginning as a green new recruit with no fanfare, no uniform and only the bare necessities, Joseph became a seasoned soldier at times living by his wits and off the land. Joseph recounts in harrowing detail his confrontations with the enemy and numerous narrow escapes. There was more than one occasion when Joseph felt that Divine Providence had not only saved him, personally, but had guided the war, as well.