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 infantrymen, Cooke observed in basic terms restricted motion in conflict, yet his letters to family paint a practical and compelling photo of lifestyle 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 because of disorder. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his relatives, specially his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will consider an quick connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil conflict writings, A Badger Boy in Blue sticks out a result of 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 remark on every little thing from the meals he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. additionally, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are worthwhile in delivering 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 specific. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful pix of the fearful, defiant, and curious civilians that the military encountered alongside the best way. William Mulligan, Jr., offers an advent 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. heritage buffs, students, and basic readers attracted to the Civil warfare will savor this thorough quantity.
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The water is not good tho and we drink cold coffee to quench thirst. No enemy can approach us by water and on the land side we throw out pickets every day in a half-moon circle touching the river above and below town, so we cannot be taken by surprise from the land. We have a lot of heavy cannon behind strong breastworks overlooking the river so that no hostile fleet could reach us. On the land side there seems little danger of attack. Half the people in this part of Kentucky are Union and we would have plenty of warning of any rebel advance.
I get a glass of cider, a handful of crackers and a nice piece of Swiss cheese for ten cents. They are Swiss Germans that run the grocery and the girl that clerks has the blackest hair and eyes I ever saw. She has been in this country three years and talks very good English. She has a brother in the Swiss army and when she brags the Swiss soldiers and how much nicer they are than we Yankees, she shows the prettiest white teeth as she smiles. There is a rumor that we are to be paid soon, anyway before we go South.
It’s in the hands of the contractors. Dont worry, we will live thru it, and if southern bullets don’t get us, we will tell you all about it when we come home. So Henry Amidon is married. Well, well, Henry is a good boy and I hope he has made no mistake in his choice. So the world goes. I used to think Mrs. Amidon’s doughnuts and milk gravy was better than ours. You don’t care mother do you if I say this. She was a nice cook and after walking down to Beef river, and taking a swim with Henry, and by the time we got back to his home for a late dinner, things tasted mighty good.
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.)