Books: Quaint Little Hell

THE LITTLE WAR OF PRIVATE POST (340 pp.) — Charles Johnson Post — Little, Brov/n ($6.50).

Red flannel was at a premium. Every girl was sewing a red flannel bellyband for her favorite soldier, the theory being that it would keep out tropical fevers by day and the jungle damp by night. Private Charles Johnson Post was especially lucky. True, he had no ammunition when he left for the Spanish-American War, but he did have two gorgeous red bellybands.

By hindsight, it was a quaint, old-fashioned war, and Author Post puts it distinctively and persuasively into print in this graceful memoir. Post, who...

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