By Chauncey Herbert Cooke, (With an Introduction and Appendix by William H. Mulligan, Jr.)
Chauncey H. Cooke enlisted within the Union military in 1862 at merely 16, after mendacity approximately his age. Like many squaddies, Cooke observed basically constrained motion in conflict, yet his letters to relatives paint a pragmatic and compelling photo of lifestyle within the Civil battle. along dramatic descriptions of encounters with Indians, comrades, insurgent prisoners, slaves, and Southern whites, Cooke additionally describes the boredom of camp, the chaos of conflict, and the discomfort attributable to disease. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his relations, particularly his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will think an fast connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil conflict writings, A Badger Boy in Blue stands proud as a result wealth of wealthy element integrated in Cooke’s letters. Readers are awarded with a correct photo of a soldier’s way of life via Cooke’s observation on every little thing from the nutrients he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. moreover, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are useful in providing clean perception into the often-overlooked midwestern armies and campaigns. His descriptions of the siege of Vicksburg and the Atlanta crusade are specially considerate and certain. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful snap shots of the worried, defiant, and curious civilians that the military encountered alongside the way in which. William Mulligan, Jr., offers an creation and annotations in A Badger Boy in Blue so as to add specialist observation and context for Cooke’s letters. 4 maps also are integrated to explain destinations pointed out within the textual content. historical past buffs, students, and normal readers drawn to the Civil battle will have fun with this thorough quantity.
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2. Nathan Mann died at Columbus, April 13, 1863. Orlando Adams was sent north but died in Grant County, Wisconsin, June 18, 1863. Charles Estabrook, Wisconsin Losses in the Civil War (Madison, 1915), 127, 130. , March 10th 1863. 25th. Wis. Vol. Inft. Dear Parents: Rec’d a letter from home yesterday. It came to Columbus and was remailed to me at Cairo where our company had made a halt enroute with five other companies to Ft. Donelson. We stopped at Cairo to get our new guns. They are not here but we are going to wait for them.
Why don’t they do it? I am a white man’s son and I like my own people but I can never forget what Chief One Eye told me in his wigwam on the Three Mile Creek that the white chief at Washington was a liar because they never got their annuity and their beef was tough and unfit to eat. I hope father will not sell my 40 even at a hundred dollars profit. I like Wisconsin best of all yet. They are all in bed but me, so good night. Your boy, Chauncey. 3. Henry Benjamin Whipple was born and educated in New York; in 1859 he was consecrated first bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.
A regiment of cavalry has just landed from a government boat, and is climbing the bluff in a long winding column. The horses are fresh and they come prancing along, the swords of their riders jingling as if they were proud of their part in the scene. They don’t know where they are going but doubtless to garrison some post farther south in the state. Wrote Ben Gardner some time ago, am afraid he has fallen or taken prisoner. He has always been prompt to answer. His regiment is south of Memphis. I am afraid you will think me given too much to frequent and long letters, but I remember father’s advice never to limit postage or letter paper expenses.
A Badger Boy in Blue: the Civil War Letters of Chauncey H. Cooke by Chauncey Herbert Cooke, (With an Introduction and Appendix by William H. Mulligan, Jr.)