By William J. K. Beaudot, Lance J. Herdegen
No soldier went off to the Civil battle with faster step than 17-year-old James Patrick Sullivan. A employed guy on a farm in Juneau County, Wisconsin, he was once one of the first to anwer Lincoln's demand volunteers in 1861. Sullivan fought in a rating of significant battles, was once wounded 5 instances, and used to be the single soldier of his regiment to enlist on 3 separate events. An Irishman within the Iron Brigade is a suite of Sullivan's writings approximately his not easy days in President Lincoln's military. utilizing warfare diaries and letters, the Irish immigrant composed approximately a dozen revealing debts concerning the battles of his brigage-Brawner Farm, moment Bull Run, South Mountain, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg in addition to the combating of 1864. utilizing his outdated camp identify, Mickey of corporation K,Sullivan wrote now not lots for kinfolk or for background, yet to entertain his comrades of the previous Iron Brigade. His stories-overlooked and forgotten for greater than a century- are pleasant money owed of rough-hewn Westernsoldiers within the japanese military of the Potomac. His Gettysburg account, for instance, is likely one of the top memories of that epic conflict by means of a soldier within the ranks. He additionally left a from-the-ranks view of a few of the Union's significant infantrymen resembling George McClellan, Irvin McDowell, John Pope, and Ambrose Burnside. An Irishman within the Iron Brigade is partially the tale of the good veterans' circulate which formed the nation's politics earlier than the turn-of-the-century. afflicted via monetary trouble, advancing age, and previous struggle accidents, Sullivan grew to become to previous comrades, his thoughts, and writing, to place the good reviews of his existence in standpoint.
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Lawrence F. Kohl of the University of Alabama. His suggestions were thoughtful and showed his fine scholarship. We must, too, acknowledge the support and enthusiasm of our families and friends. K. BEAUDOT LANCE J. HERDEGEN MILWAUKEE, 1993 Page xi Foreword It wasn't the brains at the top, but the guts at the bottom that made the Civil War an everlasting monument to the heart and stamina of the common "foot-slogger," soldier, "dog-face"the ''G. I. " No stone or bronze statue of a sword-brandishing general will ever take the place of the monument forever nestled in the hearts of those who read of their unassuming bravery, their patient acceptance of hardships undreamed of by those never experiencing them.
1 Most settled in the lead-mining regions of the southwest part of the territory or in Milwaukee, the largest city. Wheat was then the most important crop in the territory; potato acreage was also extensive. Regardless of their economic condition, the Sullivan family enlarged: another son and a daughter were born during the 1840s and four more children the following decade. Wisconsin was granted statehood in 1848, and newcomers and natives totaled 305,391 by 1850a 900% increase in just 10 years.
From his farm in Wisconsin he fired a verbal salvo. ] OLD COMPANY "K" An Old Favorite Tells the Story of a Volunteer Company. "Mickey," of Company K, Chronicles Facts and Incidents in an Entertaining Manner By Mickey of Company K CHAP. IPREFATORY Now it carne to pass in the days of Abraham [Lincoln] the good that a certain son of Belial named Jeff Davis, went out and he drew a third part of the people after him; then the people who dwelt in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Arkansas.