Coffin, Charles Carleton

Coffin, Charles Carleton, 1823–96, American journalist, b. Boscawen, N.H. During the Civil War, he was a correspondent in the field for the Boston Journal, and he served in the same capacity in the Austro-Prussian War. His Civil War experiences served as material for his very popular books My Days and Nights on the Battlefield (1864), Following the Flag (1865), and Four Years of Fighting (1866; republished as The Boys of '61). He also wrote several travel books, novels, and a number of books for boys, including The Boys of '76 (1876).

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