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 in basic terms 16, after mendacity approximately his age. Like many squaddies, Cooke observed in simple terms restricted motion in conflict, yet his letters to relations paint a practical and compelling photograph of way of life 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 affliction attributable to sickness. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his kin, specifically his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will believe an quick connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil struggle writings, A Badger Boy in Blue stands proud as a result wealth of wealthy aspect integrated in Cooke’s letters. Readers are offered with a correct photo of a soldier’s lifestyle via Cooke’s statement on every little thing from the nutrients he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. furthermore, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are worthy in supplying clean perception into the often-overlooked midwestern armies and campaigns. His descriptions of the siege of Vicksburg and the Atlanta crusade are in particular considerate and distinctive. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful pictures of the anxious, defiant, and curious civilians that the military encountered alongside the way in which. William Mulligan, Jr., presents an creation and annotations in A Badger Boy in Blue so as to add professional remark and context for Cooke’s letters. 4 maps also are incorporated to explain destinations pointed out within the textual content. historical past buffs, students, and normal readers attracted to the Civil warfare will savor this thorough quantity.
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He said he wanted to get five or six good smart young boys that would go with him thru college. I answered that I could not say at once but would tell him later. Now mother, advise me what to say to him. The Elder is a minister of course, and altho he did not say, I suppose he meant to educate us for the ministry. Mr. Harwood is a mighty fine man and I like to hear him talk. He preached the other Sunday in one of the churches in Columbus, and in his prayer he thanked God for the freedom of the slaves.
And we have about four who are devils drunk or sober. While I am writing these, the boys are singing Dixie in a great chorus. This awful weather makes us hanker for the warmer south and, since there is no hope of home. All seems quiet on the Potomac. I see by the papers that the churches are urged to pray for the end of the war. They have had several spells at this and the battles have been Life at Old Camp Randall 31 harder and the slaughter greater. The churches south have been doing the same thing.
I have put in the time writing my notes. Nov. 26—I am tired tonight; marched all day with heavy overcoat, haversack, gun, and two big blankets. I made but 18 miles and when it began to get dark I dropped out of the squad I was with and went to a private house where I saw a light shining among the trees. A young woman and child were the only persons there. She told me her husband had gone to the war and she was carrying on the farm alone with a little help her brother gave her who came once in a while.