Elisha Hunt Rhodes

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About Elisha Hunt Rhodes

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Elisha Hunt Rhodes (March 21, 1842 – January 14, 1917) served in the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. Rhodes' illustrative diary of his war service was quoted prominently in Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. Rhodes was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Captain Elisha H. and Eliza A. Chase. He had several sisters and two brothers. At age 14, Rhodes went to a business academy. His father drowned when his schooner Worcester was sunk by a hurricane on December 10, 1858 and was buried on Linyards Cay, Abaco in the Bahamas. Rhodes enlisted in the war with his mother's permission. At first he believed war to be an adventure. During the Civil War, he advanced from private in Company D of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry to colonel of the regiment. After the war, he became a successful businessman and became active in veterans' affairs. He never missed a regimental reunion. From 1879 until 1893 he served as Brigadier General in command of the Rhode Island State Militia. Elisha Hunt Rhodes is most remembered for the wartime journal and letters published as All For the Union by a great-grandson, Robert H. Rhodes. This diary reflects the change in

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