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Posted December 15, 2006
This book is one of the best written on a cavalry regiment of the Civil War. It covers the unit's couple of months as infantry in the Eastern Theater, and it proceeds to give the rest of their cavalry story in the Western Theater. Michael Martin uses unpublished soldier photos, letters, and many unused soldier and civilian diaries. He follows also with reports, newspaper articles, and reminiscenes. A complete regimental roster is a nice addition to make this book with good references to check on accounts or details for the reader or researcher. The book is going to be a difficult benchmark to surpass with the eye for detail. It is a weclomed addition for any serious civil war reader. The added appendixes give the book completeness, and a plus in information.The author is filling a much needed gap of Wisconsin ACW history, and his next book is one I am eager to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2006
Michael Martin did a fine researched work on the 4th Wisconsin Infantry and Cavalry, and he set the benchmark very high. I enjoyed the effort, and I do hope he does write more on either type of units in the Civil War. It is a library of information with complete unit's roster, and additional appendixes covering casualties, interred listing in Batan Rouge, Lt. Issac Earl's Scouts, roster of officers mustered out after the war, and the 1900 reunion. The book has footnotes, unused diaries and other sources for some of the bibliography and unpublished soldier photos. I think this book is a must for those who want to have a more complete library on Wisconsin's 4th unusual record of service. The unit was the North's infantry in the Eastern Theater, and cavalry several months later in the Western Theater.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2006
If you ever wanted to know something about the 4th Wisconsin, this book does a great job. It is about time an author had the courage to tackle this unheralded Regiment. This book is a great addition to any Civil War historians library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.