John Kinne said he left Fargo High
School in North Dakota to "avenge the
He earned a Medal of Honor fighting those he had gone to liberate
This was his war, told in his own words, with honesty, humor, and at times poetic sensitivity
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|6 x 9 paper 211 pages index illustrations biography|
Based on John Kinne's
unpublished diary of his service with the 1st North Dakota
Volunteer Infantry, Avenge the Maine follows his
progress through the contradictions of soldiering - from eager
enlistment, to resentful service - from pride in battlefield
success, to compassion for enemy wounded - from the thrill of
joining Young's Scouts, to the sorrow of seeing close-up death.
Background information provided by the editor thoughout the work puts Kinne's experiences and observations in "the big picture" of war in the Philippines 1898-99.