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Fighting for Liberty and Right: The Civil War Diary of William Bluffton Miller, 1st Sergeant, Company K, 75th Indiana Volunteer Infantry (Voices Of The Civil War) 1st Edition
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In 1862, Miller left behind family and enlisted for 3 years into Co.K, 75th Indiana volunteer Infantry Regiment. He soon began his routine of writing something every day, and the record shows not only some major battles, a play by play from Miller's vantage point, or involvement point. Also the routine of waiting on the next advance, of searching for the next meal, or the every day want of receiving mail.
Miller was wounded in Chickamaugua, nearly loosing one or both legs. As a result the book/diary also gives us a glimpse of the activity in hospitals, and burial sites. He made a crutch and released himself back to the front when it looked as though he would be sent home. Eventually he became a clerk, using his ability to write, and his inability to march well, to advantage. The book's advantage is the firsthand look and knowledge he had while serving at the command post.
It was interesting to see Miller's prejudices change through the soldiering years. At the end, he was even able to express sympathy for Rebel soldiers returning to a war-devastated homeland. This single soldier's account is likely similar to many soldiers who never kept records, and many who did not quite make it alive through the war's duration.Read more ›
A great memoir for anyone interested in the time period. Many of my ancestors from differing bloodlines were Civil War soldiers and one of my great great great grandfathers died of yellow fever while in Missouri. He has a gravestone in Wells County Indiana, but unsure if his actual body is there or back in Missouri. Relatives had a short period of time to buy a ticket for a train ride to claim the dead body and collect by train. Otherwise, it would be buried onsite to avoid the spread of disease and control health conditions. Something that I had never considered. Per the book, often times families did not have the money to take a train to the location and pay to have it transported back home.
I highly recommend this book!