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 basically restricted motion in conflict, yet his letters to relations paint a practical and compelling photo 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 soreness because of disease. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his relations, specially his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will think an speedy connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil struggle writings, A Badger Boy in Blue stands proud due to the wealth of wealthy aspect 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 foodstuff he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. moreover, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are helpful in delivering 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 specified. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful snap shots 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 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 struggle will have fun with this thorough quantity.
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Extra info for A Badger Boy in Blue: the Civil War Letters of Chauncey H. Cooke
What funny folks boys are anyway. We talked about a lot of things. Most of our schemes have come to naught. O the pity, that the world don’t pan out as they expected. Dora said in her last letter that you were not so well. Your letter makes no mention of illness. I hope you are all right. Your son, Chauncey. Cairo, Illinois, to Columbus, Kentucky. February 19, 1863–May 31, 1863. INTO THE SOUTHLAND Columbus, Kentucky, 25th Regt. Wis. Volunteers. February 28th, 1863. Dear Sister: Your letter came in due time.
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. I was just a bit of a fool two years ago next March when I tried to wade across the foot bridge up to my chin in ice water near the mill dam to visit Henry when his folks were in Vermont. I had to back out and when I got back to shore I was so numb that I ran clear down to Uncle Dan Loomis’ place and back to start my blood circulating.
Cartwright, who was blaming the war on the Abolitionists. It made father mad and he talked back pretty hot. He said I have a boy who wants to go to the war and I would give his life as cheerfully as Abraham offered his son if necessary that the slaves might be freed. Father meant all right though it seemed hard, but I love him all the more for it, although I suppose I am the boy he meant for the sacrifice. We are all anxious to go south, though none of us that I know are anxious to get shot for any cause.
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.)