Keep Up Good Courage
by Alan Fraser Houston
A Yankee Family and the Civil War
The Correspondence of Cpl. Lewis Q. Smith of Sandwich, New Hampshire Fourteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers 1862-1865
Drawn from Corporal Lewis Quimby Smith's 1864 diary, and letters from the Sandwich NH Historical Society, this unique title details both family life in Sandwich, plus the 14th Regiment of NH Volunteers' experiences in Washington, New Orleans, on the Mississippi, in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, and Savannah, GA.
Rarely do both sides of a correspondence of this era survive the ravages of time and travel. This is a look at the struggles of the entire family, both on the battlefield and on the farm. Included are the battles of Third Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek in the fall Shenandoah Valley campaign. Dr. Houston's painstaking research is completed with Civil War era images, and letters from other members of the 14th Regiment
Praise for Keep Up Good Courage
"Houston deftly uses correspondence and diaries--written in quintessential Yankee prose--to transport the reader over 140 years back in time . . . "
William P. Veillette, Executive Director, New Hampshire Historical Society
"Seldom are such collections edited with such comprehensive research and insightful analysis." William Marvel, Author, Andersonville: The Last Depot, and Mr. Lincoln Goes to War
"Houston, a stickler for accuracy, has retraced Smith's fifteen thousand miles of travel, four sea voyages, and service in six Confederate states. Such painstaking dedication to Smith's experience has produced an outstanding Civil War book."
Richard E. Winslow III, Author, "Constructing Munitions of War":
The Portsmouth Navy Yard Confronts the Confederacy, 1861-1865
About the Author
Alan Fraser Houston graduated from Amherst College and Boston University School of Medicine. He served in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon from 1970 to 1972. Houston is the author of historical articles that have appeared in California History, the Pioneer (Journal of the Society of California Pioneers), Montana, the Magazine of Western History, and the "Excursions" of the Sandwich Historical Society
$24.95, 351 pgs, 67 illus, cloth, 6" x 9"
Visit the author's website: www.alanfraserhouston.com