Himself: A Civil War Veteran’s Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils


A novel by William J. Donohue

Follow the lives of John and Patrick Donohue as they grow up in the Old First Ward in Buffalo, New York during the mid-1800s. Orphaned as children, they are sent to live with their grandmother. While John finds work and helps support the family, Patrick becomes involved with a gang and runs wild. When the Civil War breaks out, the brothers join the Union army. Follow them through the deadly battles of Grant’s Virginia campaign to Appomattox, the difficulties they face holding jobs once the war is over, their relationships with wives, children, and one another, and Patrick’s lifelong battle with the bottle. A compelling tale of two Irish Catholic men, sons of immigrants, during a tumultuous period in our nation’s rich history.

319 pages

ISBN: 978-1-942483-09-0


About the author…

Born and raised in South Buffalo, New York, Bill Donohue attended St. Bonaventure University and the University of Louvain, Belgium. He became a Catholic priest in 1964 and served for ten years before leaving the priesthood and marrying in 1974. He was named New York State Commerce Commissioner in 1983 by Governor Mario Cuomo and worked as a community change agent in Flint, Michigan from 1988 to 2000. He and his wife Maryalice have six daughters and nine grandchildren. The story of his great grandfather, Patrick Donohue, parallels in many ways his own ragged route to selfhood.


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