Soldier Boy: The Civil War Letters of Charles O. Musser, 29th Iowa

Soldier Boy: The Civil War Letters of Charles O. Musser, 29th Iowa

by Barry Popchock
     
 

Blood and anger, bragging and pain, are all part of this young Iowa soldier's vigorous words about war and soldiering. A twenty-year-old farmer from Council Bluffs, Charles O. Musser was one of the 76,000 Iowans who enlisted to wear the blue uniform. He was a prolific writer, penning at least 130 letters home during his term of service with the 29th Iowa Volunteer

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Blood and anger, bragging and pain, are all part of this young Iowa soldier's vigorous words about war and soldiering. A twenty-year-old farmer from Council Bluffs, Charles O. Musser was one of the 76,000 Iowans who enlisted to wear the blue uniform. He was a prolific writer, penning at least 130 letters home during his term of service with the 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

Soldier Boy makes a significant contribution to the literature of the common soldier in the Civil War. Moreover, it takes a rare look at the Trans-Mississippi theater, which has traditionally been undervalued by historians.

Always Musser dutifully wrote and mailed his letters home. With a commendable eye for historical detail, he told of battles and marches, guerrilla and siege warfare, camp life and garrison soldiering, morale and patriotism, Copperheads and contraband, and Lincoln's reelection and assassination, creating a remarkable account of activities in this almost forgotten backwater of the war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587296581
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1To War: December 1862-April 186311
2Soldier Boy: April-July 186345
3Army of Occupation: July-December 186371
4Battle: January-May 1864101
5Home Front: June-November 1864133
6Garrison: November 1864-February 1865165
7Peace Again: February-July 1865187
Three Undated Letter Fragments219
Notes221
Bibliography241
Index245

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