Citizens Guard, Company A
Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Several years ago we started a Suggested Reading List… We
have decided to revitalize this initiative. The goal is to have a sound list of
reading material for anyone wanting to improve their overall first-person
impression by seeing the “big picture” through the eyes of those who actually
served. These books are rich in soldier stories that tell us a great deal about
the attitude, deportment, uniform and equipage, and drill standards of the
Civil War soldier.
While the possibilities are endless, we
initially concentrate on books about the Second Wisconsin and Iron Brigade as
well as some “how to soldier” books told in the words of those who were there.
These books are generally in addition to the titles we include at the end of
our Uniform and Equipage List.
This list will be updated as we learn
of new titles. It will be included in our Newsletter, from time to time, and
will be on our Web site.
We encourage all members of the company
to share their ideas about this list and provide us with book titles that they
have found helpful. If you have suggestions, comments or additions, you can
contact Minor Palmer (aka Mike John) at email@example.com
Second Wisconsin and Iron Brigade
- The Iron Brigade: A
Military History (Great Lakes Connections: The Civil War) by Alan T. Nolan. A
- Giants in Their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron
Brigade. Edited by Alan T. Nolan and Sharon
- On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years
in the Iron Brigade
by Alan D. Gaff. A must read… From the perspective of Co. B, 19th
Indiana. Available in many bookstores and through Amazon.
- If This Is War by Alan D. Gaff. Exclusively
about the forming of the unit and the first Bull Run Campaign of the
Second Wisconsin. Locally in bookstores at time and through Amazon.
- In the Bloody Railroad
Cut at Gettysburg at Gettysburg by our very own Lance J. Herdegen.
- An Irishman in the
Iron Brigade: The Civil War Memoirs of James P. Sullivan, Sergt., Company
K, 6th Wisconsin Volunteers (Irish in the Civil War (Paperback)) by
William J. K. Beaudot and Lance J. Herdegen.
- The Men Stood Like
Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name by Lance J. Herdegen.
Men’s Tears by Alan D. Gaff. Dayton: Morningside House,
- A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron
Brigade: Service With the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers by Rufus R. Dawes (the latest
version, with notes and edited by Alan T. Nolan).
- The Second
Wisconsin Infantry by
George H. Otis, edited by Alan D. Gaff. Currently out of print but copies
are available at some Barnes and Noble stores (very reasonable cost) and
through Amazon (used book service but can be pricey]. Dayton, OH: Morningside House, 1984.
Empty Sleeve: A Biography of Lucius Fairchild by Sam
Ross. A bit hard to locate.
- Echoes from the marches of the
famous Iron Brigade 1861 - 1865: Unwritten stories of that famous
Cullen Bryant “Doc” Aubery of the 7th Wisconsin. Actually,
about 80 percent of the book is from Cornelius Wheeler’s personal diary
from the war but the book is credited to Doc Aubery because he compiled
it. Gaithersburg: Ron R. Van Sickle Military Books, 1988.
- History of the 24th
Michigan of the Iron Brigade by Orson B. Curtis.
- The Twenty-Fourth Michigan by Donald L. Smith.
- The 24th
Wisconsin Infantry in the Civil War: The Biography of a Regiment by
William J.K. Beaudot.
- Diary of
a Soldier edited by Francis D. Rowan. This book is a
diary of Jonathan White, Co. H, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
from 1862. White was wounded at the battle of Second Bull Run
and moved to Minnesota after the war. It includes his military
records and elaborative material on the war and his family. It’s available
for $10 + $1.50 S&H through Frances D. Rowan, 463 Grove St., Bishop,
of the Sauk County Riflemmen, Known As Company "A," Sixth
Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry , 1861-1865.
Gaithersburg: Butternut Press, 1909. Hard to find but excellent.
Years with the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William Ray, Company
F, Seventh Wisconsin Volunteers. Edited by Lance Herdegen
and Sherry Murphy. An excellent first person account of
the forgotten details of life in the famed Huckleberry Seventh.
of Gettysburg: His Life and Civil War Papers.
Edited by Frank L. Byrne & Andrew T. Weaver. A wonderful book on
the letters of Frank Haskell who became a staff officer on John
Gibbon's Staff from the 6th Wisconsin.
Recollections of the Civil War by John Gibbon. This is
another great account of the war from the "Boss Soldier" of the
Iron Brigade - General John Gibbon.
Home: Henry Matrau of the Iron Brigade. Edited by Marcia
Reid-Green. A great account from one of the Calico Boys.
from the Iron Brigade by George Washington Partridge Jr.
Edited by Hugh L. Whitehouse.
Elisha Stockwell Jr. Sees the Civil War: Company I 14th Wisconsin by
Byron R. Abernethy.
Civil War Wisconsin: A Survival Guide for Researchers by
How To Soldier Titles
- Hardtack and Coffee or
the Unwritten Story of Army Life
by John D. Billings (and edited by Charles W. Reed). Most bookstores that
carry CW titles and Amazon.
- Soldiering: The Civil
War Diary of Rice C. Bull by Rice C. Bull (K. Jack
Bauer editor). Available at some bookstores and through Amazon.
- Corporal Si Klegg and
his "pard": How they lived and talked and what they did and
suffered while fighting for the flag by Wilbur F. Hinman. Amazon.
- Life of Billy Yank:
The Common Soldier of the Union by Bell Irvin Wiley. General
information, most pretty good. Amazon.
- Company Aytch: Or, a
Side Show of the Big Show and Other Sketches by Sam Watkins (edited by M. Thomas Inge). About being a
southern soldier but excellent material about how they lived. Most
bookstores that have any CW material and Amazon.
of Service: for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers by
August V. Kautz. This is a must read for everyone.
of Service: for Officers of the Army by August V. Kautz.
Company Clerk by August V. Kautz.
- D. W.
Baxter's Volunteer's Manual
States Infantry Tactics
B. McClellan's Manual of Bayonet Exercise
J. Dal Bello's Parade, Inspection and Basic Evolutions of the Infantry
Battalion, 4th Edition.
J. Dal Bello's Instructions for Guards & Pickets, 2nd Edition.
Uniform and Equipage Titles
Watchdog. Quarterly publication.
- The Columbia
Rifles Research Compendium.
- The Civil War Shelter Tent by Frederick C. Gaede. THE
definitive work on the Shelter Tent. 134 pages loaded with illustrations.
If you thought you knew something about tentage, you might want to read
this first. Try the Skillet Licker’s Web Site.
- Thoughts on Men’s Shirts in
by William Brown III. Excellent resource on “all things shirts.” 128
- Civil War Cartridge Boxes of the
by Paul D. Johnson. Superb reference and it is available through Amazon.
- “For Fatigue Purposes…" The
Army Sack Coat of 1857-1872
by Pat Brown. THE book on Sack Coats. Now once again in print… try the Skillet
Licker’s Web site.
- Army Blue - The
Uniforms of Uncle Sam's Regulars 1848-1873, by John P.
Langellier. U.S. uniforms - including enlisted soldiers, officers,
insignia, and headgear - from the years 1848-1873 are examined in exacting
detail. Has original accounts, information from army records … 352 pages
and over 470 photos. Try Amazon or the Skillet Licker’s Web Site.
- U.S. Army Headgear 1812-1872 by military historian John P.
Langallier and Civil War authority C. Paul Loane, whose own examples of
Union headgear constitute one of the finest individually owned collections
in the country. Represents more than three decades of research and has
more than 350 photographs of specimens and period images. Try Amazon,
Barnes or Noble or the Skillet Licker’s Web Site.
Other material with a heavy emphasis on the 2d Wisconsin
- Fox Lake's Civil War News & Letters,
complied by the Fox Lake Library
- Letters from Home on the Second Wisconsin Web site.