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 basically 16, after mendacity approximately his age. Like many squaddies, Cooke observed simply restricted motion in conflict, yet his letters to kinfolk paint a practical and compelling photograph 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 brought on by sickness. Cooke’s emotional closeness to his kinfolk, specially his mom, additionally comes throughout strongly in his letters, and readers will suppose an quick connection to the younger soldier via his phrases. between different collections of Civil conflict writings, A Badger Boy in Blue stands proud a result of wealth of wealthy aspect integrated in Cooke’s letters. Readers are provided with a correct photo of a soldier’s lifestyle via Cooke’s observation on every little thing from the nutrients he ate, to the elements, to the type of paper that he used for writing. additionally, Cooke’s descriptions of conflict are useful 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 special. 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., presents an creation 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 elucidate destinations pointed out within the textual content. heritage buffs, students, and normal readers attracted to the Civil warfare will enjoy this thorough quantity.
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They were left by a woman who had been stopping. This paper was a missionary paper for the Indians and had letters in it from Bishop Whipple. He is certainly a good man. I read some of his letters about the honesty of the Indians when the white man was honest with them. It made me think of good old One Eye and his band that came so many times to our place. I spoke of Bishop Whipple to the trappers and what he said of their honesty, but they said Whipple was an old woman in breeches. Nov. 13—I dreamed last night of One Eye’s band, of the boys that 20 A Badger Boy in Blue I played with, and when we got hungry how we went to Chief Charley’s tepee and found his mother cleaning the entrails of a beaver which she intended for soup.
Your loving boy, Chauncey. , Nov. 20, 1862. Dear Parents:— I had no letters the past week but look for one this afternoon. Things go on rather quiet most of the time. Our log shanties are all finished and I am now with the boys. I’ll tell you, I am keeping a diary and I will give you a copy of it for a week in this letter:— Nov. 10—Took a shave today. One of the boys said my beard made me look like a goat. Had my first dinner at the shanty, Obe is a good cook. Supply train loaded with provisions went by for Sauk Center and Paynesville.
They were the Santee Sioux, the band that One Eye and Chief Charley belonged to. He showed me a buffalo trail on a steep hillside leading down to the river, which he said had been worn for a hundred years. He said the Indians never killed a friend if they knew it. The whites were more revengeful, they shot at every Indian, good and bad. He told me a lot more I can’t write down. When I left for camp tonight it was dark. I looked at a few of the traps I had set but found nothing. I believe I am as much of an Indian, as the boys say, as white man and I can’t deny it.