On the one hand George Foster Williams was qualified to write about the soldier’s life. He served in the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, Duryee’s Zouaves, 1861-63, 146th New York Volunteer Infantry, Garrard’s Tigers, 1863-64, Wounded June 27, 1862, at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill, Wounded May 5, 1865, at the Battle of the Wilderness in addition to which he was the Field Correspondent for the New York Times, 1864-65.
Edwin Forbes was an illustrator for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper a dumbed down [sic] version of USA Today published in New York by an English emigre who would marry a suffragette and together they would bankrupt the business living up to the pretensions of the gilded age.
Given this pedigree I am not certain how objective the work is but it does at least capture the language of the age.
Bullet and shell : the Civil War as the soldier saw it Stamford, CT : Longmeadow Press, 1994 George F. Williams ; illustrated from sketches of the actual scenes by Edwin Forbes United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Hardcover. Previously published: New York : Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1884. 454 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
The author contrived this novel of the Civil War to present his first-hand observations in camps, on the march, in battle, on bivouac, and in hospitals and prisons. Bullet And Shell is a narrative account of the Civil War told from the viewpoint of the ordinary soldiers who suffered through the cannons, deaths, and other aggravations of the realities of war. Illustrated with engravings and sketches by contemporary artist Edwin Forbes, this gripping account by war correspondent George F. Williams is unique in its understanding of the bravery of combatants on both sides of the war.