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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benson Bobrick Narrator: Richard Harries Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9781456125127
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Benson Bobrick, recipient of the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, tells the story of Benjamin “Webb” Baker, his great-grandfather. Webb enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and thereafter suffered through horrid conditions in camp and absolute hell in combat. Benson’s fascinating look at the Civil War also contains a heretofore unreleased collection of Webb’s letters. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Civil War buffs will relish this extraordinary new history from Bobrick based on a collection of letters written by his great-grandfather, Benjamin ‘Webb’ Baker…This is a compelling story, rendered in vivid, graceful prose that should find an enthusiastic audience.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-structured, well-told and—much of the time—well-read production.” 


  • “A thoroughly absorbing survey of the Civil War in the west and an intimate, firsthand account of a soldier’s travels and hardships…Together, the beautifully interwoven narrative and letters form a seamless, compelling account of a soldier’s and nation’s experiences…Baker’s longings for home, tempered by a resolute sense of duty and his tales of the unremitting drudgery of camp life are in many respects timeless.” 

    Library Journal

  • “The Civil War as seen by the author’s great-grandfather, an Illinois infantryman on the Union side…A fitting memorial to the farmboy turned soldier and intellectual: a must for Civil War enthusiasts.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • New York Times Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrei | 3/11/2010

    " Fascinating to read actual 'letters home' during this period of American struggle. Get a clear picture on one man's views on what America was fighting for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 1/20/2009

    " Bobrick is a fine writer and did a great job of combining his great-grandfather's letters from the war with his own narrative. Webb Baker was a fine, patriotic and tough soldier, the kind that sacrificed and served unselfishly and for whom we should be ever grateful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis | 3/7/2008

    " This book had a very brief, but good, history of proceedings in the US before and at the end of the Civil War, but the bulk of the book was made up of the letters from one Union soldier to his mother. It was really interesting to get such a personal view of the war. "

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About the Author
Author Benson Bobrick

Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Colombia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired; Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution; and Testament: A Soldier’s Story of the Civil War. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, divide their time between New York and Vermont.