Date added: 21.4.2015
Rough Enough is a 260 page bookwith photographs. It is a work of historicalnon-fiction detailing ten years in the life a young man who goes off to war and grows up rapidly in the process.Richard Clow was only 17 when the excitement of the finalMoreRough Enough is a 260 page book with photographs. It is a work of historical non-fiction detailing ten years in the life a young man who goes off to war and grows up rapidly in the process.Richard Clow was only 17 ½ when the excitement of the final year of conflict entices him to enlist in the Union Army in 1864. His thirteen letters home to his sisters describe his early military experiences leading up to the bloody battles to take Petersburg in the final onslaught in April of 1865. The Virginian countryside, troop ship, battles on the front lines at Petersburg, stresses of war, and close calls are laid out by this young man who has a flair for description. The change in maturation from snotty nosed youth to blooded infantryman are clear as are to of the stresses that most probably led him into a post war Soldiers Heart type syndrome.The joys and sorrows of war are clearly brought home from the front and within two years afterreceiving a heros welcome back home in Boston, the pressures of life cause Richard to reenlist and joint the 13th Infantry fighting on the frontier in 1867. On the plains of the Dakotas and the mountains of Montana, Clow hunts, fights Indians, and endures harsh winters in ramshackle forts.In his letter of 1869 to his sister Bertha Clow, he describes the situation at Fort Buford with the Indian attacks and the longing to settle down and be married. Again within that letter we detect a frontier soldiers melancholy due to stress, loneliness, and isolation.As he musters out of the military 1870, Clow falls in love and takes up employment as clerk for the famous fur trader, Charles Larpenteur. After he marries Larpentuers daughter, his diary reveals the journey back to civilization which is followed by further tragedy. His poignant words of the song Waiting for Thee reveal the extent of his loss which drives him back to the frontier and the gold ruch town of Deadwood. His diary songs reveal how he gradually regains some of the simple joys of life. Falling in love for a second time, the arrival of a new baby sets the stage for a family and forty more years of productive life. Rough Enough: Including Richard H. Clows Letters and Diary from the Civil and Indian Wars 1865 - 1875 by Richard H. Mcbee Jr.