Author Christopher Loperfido will be in town to sign copies of his new book "Death, Disease and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th New York Infantry Regiments, 1862-1865."
The book signings are: July 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg; July 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Gettysburg Visitors Center; and July 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gettysburg Visitors Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.
Union surgeon James Dana Benton witnessed firsthand the suffering and death brought about by the ghastly wounds, infections, and diseases that wreaked havoc to both the Union and Confederate armies. A native of New York, Benton penned a series of letters throughout the war to his family relating his experiences with the 111th New York Infantry as an assistant surgeon, and later with the 98th New York as surgeon. His unique correspondences, together with insights from Loperfido, coalesce to produce "Death, Disease and Life at War."
Benton was present for some of the war's most gruesome and important battles, including Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, and the siege of Petersburg. He was also present at Harpers Ferry, Second Battle of Auburn, Battle of Morton's Ford, and Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural address. His pen offers an insightful and honest look into what everyday life was like for the surgeons who tirelessly worked to save the men who risked their lives for the preservation of the nation.
Loperfido is a native of Weedsport, New York, and graduated from Oswego State University with a bachelor's degree in history and political science.
He worked for the National Park Service at the Gettysburg National Military Park in the summers of 2007 and 2008 as a park intern and as a ranger. He is currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security and lives with his wife, son, and pug in Washington.