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 simply 16, after mendacity approximately his age. Like many squaddies, Cooke observed merely constrained motion in conflict, yet his letters to kinfolk paint a pragmatic and compelling photograph of way of life within the Civil conflict. 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 ache as a result of disease. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his relations, specifically his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will consider an rapid connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil battle writings, A Badger Boy in Blue sticks out a result of wealth of wealthy aspect incorporated in Cooke’s letters. Readers are offered with a correct photograph of a soldier’s lifestyle via Cooke’s statement on every thing from the foodstuff he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. moreover, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are invaluable 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 distinct. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful pics of the apprehensive, defiant, and curious civilians that the military encountered alongside the way in which. William Mulligan, Jr., presents an advent and annotations in A Badger Boy in Blue so as to add specialist observation and context for Cooke’s letters. 4 maps also are incorporated to explain destinations pointed out within the textual content. heritage buffs, students, and common readers attracted to the Civil struggle will savor this thorough quantity.
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Hd. , Wis. Dear Sister: I am sure you would smile if you could get a view of Co. G. as I can see them from where I sit. ” I can 30 A Badger Boy in Blue count more than 40 of the boys writing letters to their mothers or their girls. Mostly to their girls. Its easy to tell, if a fellow is writing to his mother he don’t squirm and cover his paper when some guy looks over his shoulder. There is a lot of such teasing. The only way is to get away up in the top bunks out of reach and hold their portfolios on their laps for a desk.
I hope you wont delay writing because news is scarce. Anything from home is news if it is in your hand writing and only about the dog or cat. No, I don’t suppose we get the war news earlier than you do. I thank you for sending the paper of tea, altho you remember I don’t love it especially. But I am sure this will be good coming from the best of mothers. I will drink it in memory of you and home. I have read somewhere that mothers were the best beings in the world and now I know it to be true. I trust I may live to come home and prove it to you.
Barney Bull has a coat in my bundle, all the rest belongs to the Mondovi boys outside of my knapsack. Father should leave their clothes at Yankee Town,1 where their folks will get them. I hope father won’t wear my coat. I hate to see a civilian in soldier’s dress. 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.