Your Brother in Arms; Civil War Book Lecture and Signing

As the Civil War Sesquicentennial enters its fourth year, the anniversary continues to afford us opportunities to reflect on one of our nation’s most storied wars.

Next Thursday evening, May 15, 2014 from 6pm-8pm, the Detre Library & Archives will host a Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing with Robert C. Plumb, author of Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey.


Your Brother in Arms Cover

Cover of Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey

Your Brother in Arms chronicles the wartime experiences of Pittsburgh native George P. McClelland during the course of his service with the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry. Mr. Plumb invites his readers to follow McClelland’s journey from the soldier’s enlistment in Pittsburgh to his place on the battlefield of Five Forks, Va. The core of Mr. Plumb’s sources for Your Brother in Arms is a collection of letters handwritten by McClelland and sent home to family throughout the Civil War. These letters organically reflect McClelland’s tour of service with the 155th Pennsylvania, including the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House, and Petersburg.

Never before published, McClelland’s letters contain fascinating and insightful glimpses into camp life, battlefield conditions, and other wartime reflections. With this book, Plumb explores the daily experiences of one soldier within the larger account of the Civil War. In so doing, Mr. Plumb has crafted a nuanced perspective on one of our nation’s most brutal conflicts.

Robert C. Plumb has spoken throughout the Washington, D.C. area about his book and has participated in related interviews and events in Maryland, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Prior to his work on Your Brother in Arms, Mr. Plumb was an executive with Fannie Mae and General Electric.

Admission to this program is free. Refreshments will be provided. Copies of Your Brother in Arms will be available for purchase at the event for $25.

Those interested in attending this program are asked to RSVP to or 412-454-6364.


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