The Schroeder Books
The Beau Ideal Of A Soldier And A Gentleman:
Life of Col. Patrick Henry O'Rorke From Ireland to Gettysburg
Published by SCHROEDER PUBLICATIONS
Published by SCHROEDER PUBLICATIONS 2012.
ISBN: 1-889246-48-4. Price: $19.99 U.S.
140th N.Y. Volunteers.
The beau ideal of a
soldier and a gentleman.
On July 2, 1863, on
a boulder-strewn hill outside of the Pennsylvania village of Gettysburg, a
Federal colonel made an instantaneous decision that helped turn the tide of
battle. The successful defense of Little Round Top was a critical component in
the Union victory. A monument on the crest bears the likeness of the young
commander, yet the exploits of Patrick Henry O’Rorke have been overshadowed on
the pages of history by the actions of others on that rocky slope.
his life in the battle, at the head of his regiment. Still the sum of his life
was much more than his courageous action at Gettysburg. A native of Ireland, his
temperament and ability transcended the stereotypes of his day. O’Rorke’s
obvious intellect secured an appointment to the United States Military Academy
at West Point. He finished first in his class, earning a spot in the prestigious
Corps of Engineers. Exemplary work along the South Carolina coast gained him a
colonel’s commission in the infantry, commanding the 140th N.Y. Volunteers, a
regiment raised in his hometown of Rochester.
classmates and admirers felt he would climb to the very highest ranks of the
army. et it says much about
O’Rorke that his peers reminisced as much about his character as his military
talents. He was, remembered one, “the beau ideal of a soldier and a
This is the first
full-length biography of O’Rorke, written by Brian A. Bennett, author of Sons
of Old Monroe: A Regimental History of Patrick O’Rorke’s 140th New York
Volunteer Infantry. It examines O’Rorke’s childhood days, his tenure at
West Point, his service as an army engineer along the South Carolina/Georgia
coast, as well as his tenure in the Army of the Potomac.
Praise for The
“Bennett has drawn
upon an impressive range of secondary and primary sources.... [and] also
provides detailed descriptions and keen analysis of [O’Rorke’s] performances
in the campaigns and battles in which he participated....”
- Civil War News review
“With a precise
eye, Bennett lays the considerable groundwork for O’Rorke’s story.... [this]
book is packed with common sense, subtlety, and observations that illuminate
Colonel O’Rorke’s 27 years....”
- Ben Maryniak,
president, Buffalo Civil War Roundtable
Civil War Courier
Other books by Brian Bennett:
The Beau Ideal of a Soldier and a Gentleman: The Life of Col. Patrick Henry O'Rorke From Ireland to Gettysburg
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