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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin and Iron Brigade
- Those Damned Black
Hats!: The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign by our comrade
Lance J. Herdegen. (2008)
- The Iron Brigade: A Military
History (Great Lakes Connections:
The Civil War) by Alan T. Nolan. A must read.
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.
- Brave Men’s
Tears by Alan D.
Gaff. Dayton: Morningside House, 1988.
- 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.
- The 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 organization by 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
- 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
- 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, CA 93514
- History 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.
- Four 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.
- Haskell 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.
- Letters Home:
Henry Matrau of the Iron Brigade. Edited by Marcia Reid-Green. A
great account from one of the Calico Boys.
- Letters from
the Iron Brigade by George Washington Partridge Jr. Edited by Hugh L.
- Private Elisha
Stockwell Jr. Sees the Civil War: Company I 14th Wisconsin by Byron R.
- Exploring Civil
War Wisconsin: A Survival Guide for Researchers by Brett
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.
- Customs of
Service: for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers by August V.
Kautz. This is a must read for everyone.
- Customs of
Service: for Officers of the Army by August V. Kautz.
- The Company
Clerk by August V.
- D. W. Baxter's
- United States
- Casey's Tactics
- George B.
McClellan's Manual of Bayonet Exercise
- Dominic J. Dal
Bello's Parade, Inspection and Basic Evolutions of the Infantry Battalion,
- Dominic J. Dal
Bello's Instructions for Guards & Pickets, 2nd Edition.
- 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.
- Thoughts on Men’s Shirts in America 1750-1900 by William Brown III. Excellent resource on
“all things shirts.” 128 pages.
- Civil War Cartridge Boxes of the Union
Infantryman 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.
- 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.
- 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
Fox Lake soldier
- Fox Lake's Civil War News & Letters, complied by the Fox
Lake Library. A treasure trove of research on all the units
raised out of Fox Lake.
- Berdan’s United States
Sharpshooters in the Army of the Potomac, by Fox Lake’s own Charles A. Stevens – Citizens
Guard militia member from 1860-1861 & brother to Citizens Guard
founder George H Stevens.
1892. Follow the narrative
of Charles and Company “G” 1st USSS from September of 1861 to
the conclusion of the war. Try
Amazon or Morningside Bookshop.
- Brother to the Eagle: The Civil
War Journal of Sgt. Ambrose Armitage 8th Wisconsin Infantry edited by Alden R. Carter. (2006)
A wonderful journal from Ambrose’s time in Fox Lake as a student at the
Fox Lake College that both men and women could attend, his time going to
the Congregational Church of Christ in Fox Lake, signing up in Fox Lake to
be part of Captain William Dawes’ Fox Lake Rifles, and his full story of
Company D, 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Try Amazon.