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"A Stupendous Effort" is the story of one of the Civil War's most versatile regiments, of its significant role in the campaigns and battles in the Western Theater, and of the young men who formed its ten companies.

Through their contemporary diaries and letters, many previously unpublished, we follow the wartime experiences of these northern Indiana volunteers. Their most overpowering encounter was the ferocious battle of Chickamauga. In those woodlands, the 87th Indiana established its bravery forever by standing steadfast with its brigade on three separate occasions, each time saving a significant part of the Union army. Missionary Ridge, the running battles through Georgia to Atlanta, Sherman's legendary March to the Sea, and the avenging Union army's rampage through South Carolina, all are recounted as the men of the 87th experienced them.

This is a social as well as a military history. While we are told about the wider war as it affects the 87th, we also learn about northern Indiana society in the mid-19th century and get a feel for what it meant to go soldiering in the Civil War. There is an appreciation, too, of how these rural Hoosiers had their remaining years marked by this supreme test of their lives, when their "hearts were touched with fire."

Jack K. Overmyer is president and owner of The Rochester Sentinel and was its editor and publisher for more than 30 years. Founder and first president of the Fulton County Historical Society, for most of his life he has studiously pursued an interest in the Civil War.


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Only one collection from more than 30 years of Jack K. Overmyer's Considered Comment columns remains for sale. His previous two collections,"Reflections of a Hoosier Editor" and A Hoosier Editor's Reflections Resumed," and his Civil War book, "A Stupendous Effort: The 87th Indiana in the War of the Rebellion," are sold out. However, all of his books are available at the Fulton County Public Library.

Overmyer, who died May 21, 2010, was president and owner of The Rochester Sentinel at the time of his death and was its editor and publisher for more than 30 years. Founder and first president of the Fulton County Historical Society, for most of his life he has studiously pursued an interest in the Civil War.


Jack Overmyer reached back as far as 30 years to assemble 50 of his writings and speeches for a third collection of his essays. It is made up of:

Memories, People, Travels, Reflections and Amusements consisting of:

• The Manitou Mystic A Famous Trance Evangelist, Actors Who Toured the Nation, Two Famous Dance Resorts, A Road That Wasn't Built, A Lake Poet, West Side Hotel, The Sportsman's and Dam Landings, Facts You May Not Know.

• Achievers Our First Multi-Millionaire, A Fastpitch Softball Marvel, Three Friends Ride Into Fame, The Myth of Seven Brothers, An Exceptional Basketball Career, A Father-Son Doctor Team, An Inimitable Department Store.

• Days of Yore An Iron Ore Boom; Tramps, Drunks and Chicken Thieves; A Pack of Blind Tigers; Hotels, Bands and a Speedway; Bustling Little Bigfoot; The Horror of the Spanish Flu; Memories of a Settler.

• The Rochester Sentinel A Personal View of a 147-Year History.

• Remembrances A Typical Midwest City, How a Famous Factory Got Here, Growth of an Historical Asset, A Fish Hatchery Spawns a Golf Course, Marines at a World War Killing Ground, A Reporter's Unexpected Adventure.

• Travels With Howdy To Europe and Back with Class, An Immersion in Paris and in Provence, The Majestic Canadian Rockies, Around an Inland Sea.

• Speaking Out At a Courthouse Centennial, At a City Sesquicentennial, Of a Founder of RHS Basketball, Of Singular Students of the Thirties, Of Americans in Revolution.

• Amusements A Snow Lover's Heaven, Cat Pilling Made Easy, Junior at Play at Summer Camp, The Remarkable Rose, A Question of Age, How to Conquer Golf, When Auto Trips Were Amusing.

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