Chicago's Battery Boys : The Chicago Mercantile Battery in the Civil War's Western Theater

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc

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The celebrated Chicago Mercantile Battery was organized by the Mercantile Association, a group of prominent Chicago merchants, and mustered into service in August 1862. The Chicagoans went on to serve in some of the Western Theater's most important campaigns until the war ended three years later, producing an astonishing six Medal of Honor recipients for valor at Vicksburg. Richard Brady Williams' Chicago's Battery Boys: The Chicago Mercantile Battery in the Civil War's Western Theater sets forth in stunning detail the magnificent history of this long-overlooked elite artillery unit. Based upon years of primary research and a wealth of archival documents, this study features scores of previously unpublished war-time photographs, diaries, and letters, which enrich our understanding of the dedicated Battery Boys and what they endured for the cause of liberty and the Union. Williams skillfully weaves a powerful narrative around contemporaneous eyewitness accounts that will satisfy the most discriminating Civil War reader. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Author's Notep. xxviii
On the Father of Watersp. 1
If the Rebels Had Not Retreatedp. 21
Jaws of Deathp. 37
Just the Man We Wantp. 57
On the Other Side of the Riverp. 75
The Great Assaultp. 101
Vicksburg Has Fallenp. 123
Capped the Climaxp. 139
I Have Been to New Orleansp. 159
The Richest Sugar Growing Countryp. 171
Not Enough Fight in This Departmentp. 187
Gen. Banks Commands the Expeditionp. 207
No Men Ever Displayed Better Couragep. 223
Little Use in Disguising Defeatp. 253
Treated Like Dogsp. 281
A Shot Thro' the Bulls Eyep. 307
I Have Been on a Raidp. 333
The Terrible Death of President Lincolnp. 355
A Sinking Confederacyp. 375
Epiloguep. 397
Touringp. 415
Rosterp. 416
Notesp. 424
Bibliographyp. 547
Indexp. 567
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