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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 infantrymen, Cooke observed in basic terms restricted motion in conflict, yet his letters to kin paint a practical 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 pain attributable to disease. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his family members, specifically his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will suppose an immediate connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil battle writings, A Badger Boy in Blue stands proud as a result of wealth of wealthy aspect integrated in Cooke’s letters. Readers are awarded with a correct photograph of a soldier’s way of life via Cooke’s observation on every little thing from the nutrition he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. additionally, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are helpful in supplying 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 targeted. The letters additionally current empathetic and colourful photographs 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 professional statement and context for Cooke’s letters. 4 maps also are incorporated to explain destinations pointed out within the textual content. background buffs, students, and normal readers attracted to the Civil battle will delight in this thorough quantity.

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A big supply train bound for Fort Abercrombie pulled in for the night. Gen. Pope has ordered all infantry south. We may get to see Dixie yet. Hurrah! Snow all gone and big prairie fires to the east tonight. Nov. 12—No letter from home today, plague on it. Wrote one to George Wooster. Beautiful weather. Men Bump just from St. Cloud reports another one of the boys dead from measles. I believe I am all right except my wind ain’t quite so good on a long double quick. Nothing to do, went out and shot a rat.

Glad to get back to the top of the big bluff once more. We got here at midnight. There is an awful flood in the Ohio pouring into the Mississippi at Cairo from the melting snow above, and the seething water is black as mud. The air of our camp is fine compared to the miasma of Cairo. A short time ago I read a letter in the Alma Journal purporting to be a dream by S. S. Cooke. It suited the boys to a dot. Some of them tho’t it was a daydream with his senses and eyes wide open. It seems you are still having winter weather.

Perhaps to Vicksburg, where the rebs are making a grand stand, perhaps to post duty on some of the river points. Some of the boys pretend they would like to smell gun powder on the battle line before the war ends. I suppose they feel that way. I am learning some things. I find that men who talk the most are not always the bravest. The news from Washington is bad. McClellan with his big army has gone into winter quarters instead of making an aggressive campaign toward Richmond. Gen. McClernand is doing far more good work than all the rest.

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