By William J. K. Beaudot, Lance J. Herdegen
No soldier went off to the Civil struggle 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, used to be wounded 5 instances, and was once the one 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 tough days in President Lincoln's military. utilizing struggle 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 scuffling with of 1864. utilizing his previous camp identify, Mickey of corporation K,Sullivan wrote no longer lots for kinfolk or for heritage, yet to entertain his comrades of the previous Iron Brigade. His stories-overlooked and forgotten for greater than a century- are pleasant bills of rough-hewn Westernsoldiers within the japanese military of the Potomac. His Gettysburg account, for instance, is among the most sensible reminiscences of that epic conflict via a soldier within the ranks. He additionally left a from-the-ranks view of a few of the Union's significant squaddies akin to George McClellan, Irvin McDowell, John Pope, and Ambrose Burnside. An Irishman within the Iron Brigade is partially the tale of the nice veterans' circulate which formed the nation's politics ahead of the turn-of-the-century. bothered through monetary problem, advancing age, and previous conflict accidents, Sullivan grew to become to outdated comrades, his thoughts, and writing, to place the good studies of his lifestyles in standpoint.
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Alton, Daniel D. Alton, A. ] Abbott, Ira Butterfield, Frederick E. Page 20 Boynton, James L. Barney, Joseph A. Chase, John Carsley, Thos. J. Cleaveland [Cleveland], Ephriam Cornish, Chas. A. Crawford, John A. Crawford, Thos. Conway, George W. Covey, Geo. E. Chamberlain, Bucum W. Davies [Rescum W. Davis], Volney DeJean, Williard [Willard] Dutton, Roswell G. Emmons, Enos [Erastus] E. Emmons, Thos. J. Ellsworth, Dennis M. Fuller, Thos. Flynn, Abraham Fletcher, Andrew Gallup, Henry Gallup, William W.
Watrous], "Talking Over the Old Times," Milwaukee Sunday Telegraph, November 25, 1883. 6. James P. Sullivan, "The Charge of the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg," Milwaukee Sunday Telegraph, November 11, 1884. 7. The area, part of the state's western upland, featured low, grassy hills and valleys with fields marked by clumps of oak and limestone outcrops. The rolling countryside, where the diminutive Civil War veteran worked his land, crowded down toward the Mississippi River some 40 miles to the west.
13 At La Crosse he renewed acquaintance with Jerome A. Watrous, who was running a small feature and society weekly newspaper in Milwaukee. 15 The meeting led to a contributor-editor relationship. Watrous had taken the editor's chair at The Milwaukee Sunday Telegraph in 1879 and quickly tapped into the rising tide of the veterans' movement. He wrote and solicited recollections and "letters" from the old soldiers, and Sullivan was a contributor the next six years. Using his war journals, diaries, and letters to refresh his memories, Sullivan wrote of the soldier-in-ranks and told of Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Gettysburg, and of army pets and camp tricks.
An Irishman in the Iron Brigade: the Civil War memoirs of James P. Sullivan, Sergt., Company K, 6th Wisconsin volunteers by William J. K. Beaudot, Lance J. Herdegen