Corporal Si Klegg and His "Pard"

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Although many books about the Civil War have been written by veterans, few provide an accurate and entertaining portrayal of the daily life of a soldier, as doesCorporal Si Klegg and His "Pard."The book, first published in 1897, gives an inside look at the transformation from citizen to soldier and the diverse and constantly changing experiences on the march, on the battlefield, in camp, and in the hospital. Although the main characters, Si Klegg and his partner "Shorty," are fictional, as is their company, Wilbur F. Hinman himself was a four-year veteran of the war. He speaks with the authority of a soldier who participated in several battles with the Sixty-fifth Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which lost 25 percent of its strength to battlefield deaths and disease. He gives a true voice to the individual soldier, presents a realistic picture of army life, and provides an accurate feel for how Civil War soldiers lived and died. The life of a Civil War soldier is so realistically portrayed, both in the text and through the illustrations, that this book has become an indispensable reference for Civil War reenactors attempting to perfectly reconstruct the experiences of the common soldier during the war. Allan R. Millett provides an introduction to this Bison Books edition.

Author Biography

Wilbur F. Hinman (1840–1905) served in the Sixty-fifth Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the war in the ranks of corporal, sergeant, orderly sergeant, first lieutenant, and captain in Company E. He mustered out in November 1865 as a lieutenant colonel and the last regimental commander. He had an active postwar career in journalism and government in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.  Allan R. Millett is the Ambrose Professor of History and the director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. He received the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing and is the author of several books, including The Korean War and A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, 1937–1945.

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