Unit: 88th Pennsylvania
Unit Affiliation: (2), 3, V
Title: History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865
Author: Vautier, John D.
BTC’s Take: Author John D. Vautier served with the 88th Pennsylvania for the majority of its existence. Aside from his time away recovering from a wound at Cold Harbor and after he mustered out, much of the information in the book originates from his own experiences. Vautier’s diary from June-September 1864 appears here as well. The book is often more an itinerary than a flowing narrative, but it does a really good job showing you where the 88th Pennsylvania was during the Siege of Petersburg. There are some gaps in the narrative, especially after the author’s muster out in September 1864. All in all, this is upper middle of the pack in postwar regimental histories written by men who were actually there.
BTC Siege of Petersburg Book Notes:
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott
Publication Date: 1894
Links to Read/Buy:
- History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 (Archive.org)
- History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 (Amazon.com)