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 purely 16, after mendacity approximately his age. Like many infantrymen, Cooke observed basically restricted motion in conflict, yet his letters to kinfolk paint a pragmatic and compelling photo of everyday life within the Civil warfare. 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 as a result of disorder. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his relations, specifically his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will consider an fast connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil battle writings, A Badger Boy in Blue stands proud due to the wealth of wealthy element integrated in Cooke’s letters. Readers are provided with a correct photo of a soldier’s way of life via Cooke’s observation on every 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 beneficial in supplying clean perception into the often-overlooked midwestern armies and campaigns. His descriptions of the siege of Vicksburg and the Atlanta crusade are specifically considerate and detailed. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful photos of the nervous, defiant, and curious civilians that the military encountered alongside the way in which. William Mulligan, Jr., offers an advent and annotations in A Badger Boy in Blue so as to add specialist statement 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 basic readers drawn to the Civil warfare will relish this thorough quantity.
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I can see you all gathered about the kitchen stove. Mother has just filled the tea kettle for morning, and father is filling the oven with kindling too wet for starting the fire in Life at Old Camp Randall 35 the morning and I can see myself cuddled up under the blankets just as mother used to leave me after saying good night under the open shakes with the snow drifting in upon me. I don’t believe I am homesick, but if I could not recall in memory these pleasant days of my boyhood I am not quite sure but I should be.
I was anxious to catch up with the boys I knew were ahead of me. To tell the whole truth, I shed a few tears because I could not keep up with the crowd. Obed had told me and Sergeant McKay that I was not over the effects of the measles and that I should take it easy. ” Just the same I am mad that the boys are going to beat me to St. Paul. Nov. 28th—Fort Snelling, Minn. Arrived this noon. A few of the company still here, most of them come and gone. The right wing of our Reg’t came down the Minnesota some days ago bringing with them 1,700 captured Sioux, wives, children, and old men and women of the hostiles.
If I ever get back it will do me for some time, and if I don’t get back give it to some poor soldier in the neighborhood. You did not say anything of my letter written on the eve of leaving Madison for Cairo, Illinois. Of course you have it by this time. The sweethearts and wives of the boys from all parts of the state swarmed about the station to say good bye. There were lots of mothers and fathers too. The sweethearts smiled but the mothers and wives shed tears. I saw a few tears in the eyes of some of the married men.