A Wisconsin Yankee in Confederate Bayou Country
The Civil War Reminiscences of a Union General
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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Introduction: Revealing Less Spoken Motives for War
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Interpreting the American Civil War remains ever a challenge. A well-considered appraisal not only offers perspective on the complicated social and political issues that fomented the conflict and determined its course, but also gives insight...
1. Camp Utley to the Eastern Shore of Maryland
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On the 26th of April, 1861, I was engaged, until the adjournment of court, in the trial of a cause in the circuit court, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I resided. I was resisting the foreclosure of a mortgage on Upmann’s Hotel. The presiding...
2. Baltimore to Ship Island
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On the 19th of February 1862, we embarked at Baltimore, under sudden orders from Gen. Dix, to report to Gen. Wool, at Fortress Monroe, for Gen. Butler’s New Orleans expedition, which was to rendezvous at Ship Island.15 On the 20th we...
3. Aboard the Ship Great Republic to New Orleans
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Off Ship Island, April 16, 1862: It was the purpose of Gen. Butler that we should weigh anchor last night. But the little...
4. From Frenier Station to Vicksburg and New Orleans
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We are steaming up the Mississippi. The voyage is not as full of interest as was our ascent from the Southwest Pass to New Orleans, in which we met, at almost every moment, evidences...
5. My Time of Service Under Arrest
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A man appeared at my guard line with a written order of Henry H. Elliott, lieutenant and acting assistant quartermaster directing me to permit him to enter my camp and search for his alleged slave. He alleged that his slave had come down...
6. In Command at Baton Rouge
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The General gave me full and specific instructions as follows: to burn Baton Rouge, including the State house, but excluding the library, paintings and statuary, which it contained, excluding also the charitable institutions; to remove from the State...
7. Sundry Operations and the Teche Campaign
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On the 21st of August we arrived at Camp Parapet near Carrollton and I turned over the troops, contrabands and material to Brig.-Gen. J. W. Phelps, commander of the post...
8. Operations Connected to the Siege of Port Hudson
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On the 13th of May 1863 I assumed command of the third division of the nineteenth army corps at Alexandria, Louisiana in place of Gen. Emory, who went to New Orleans and took command of the defenses of that...
9. Humorous Anecdotes, Miscellany, and Farewell
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At one time during our occupation of Baton Rouge, Lieut. Payne my adjutant used a small unoccupied house for his office and quarters. Riding past there one day with my orderly, a very young soldier, I observed that the adjutant...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2009