The McClelland Civil War Letters: A Pittsburgh Family from 1861 to 1865

By: Bettencourt Dodds, Betty

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The Civil War, the bloodiest war in the history of the United States, left its mark on not only the country but on families. Forgotten letters written by Pittsburgh residents Tom and John McClelland capture the intensity of the deadly challenges the young men of that time faced. Tom left home at 22 to seek his fortune in Arizona and save his family from bankruptcy, only to encounter a lawless territory terrorized by Apache warriors, Mexican desperadoes, and Confederate soldiers working to reach the Pacific. John, 19, enlisted in the Union Army's Independent Pennsylvania Light Artillery, fighting in major battles in northern Virginia, including Gettysburg. Their uncle, Col. Sam Black, organized the 62nd Penna Volunteer Regiment but found disaster at Gaines' Mill.

As the Civil War rages from the Atlantic Ocean to the California-Arizona border, the brothers do their best to survive and serve their family and country. Their letters provide unforgettable first-hand perspectives on battles, politics, and social issues, as well as details about daily life, such as the dog John adopts to make Army life more bearable. Readers of The McClelland Civil War Letters: A Pittsburgh Family from 1861 to 1865 will step into the pages of history, experiencing the blood, honor, and courage of those who lived it.


Betty Bettencourt Dodds, a fourth-generation California resident, worked in special education as a teacher, school psychologist and administrator. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, master's degree from California Lutheran College, and doctorate from Brigham Young University. Betty lives in a retirement community in Lacey, Washington, and enjoys gardening and researching family history. Her article "I Do Not Believe I Was Born to be Shot by an Indian," published by the Heinz History Center in the spring 2011 issue of Western Pennsylvania History, was nominated for a Golden Quill Award recognizing the best history/cultural magazine article in Western Pennsylvania.

Title: The McClelland Civil War Letters: A Pittsburgh Family from 1861 to 1865

Author Name: Bettencourt Dodds, Betty

Categories: United States,

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC: 2015-06-17

ISBN Number: 1457533065

ISBN Number 13: 9781457533068

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: SKU1043430