Academic journal article Military Review

Four Years with the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William Ray

Academic journal article Military Review

Four Years with the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William Ray

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Lance Herdegen an Sherry Murphy, eds., Da Capo Press, New York, 2002, 446 pages, $27.50.

Much had been written about the Union Iron Brigade's exploits during the American Civil War. The Iron Brigade, which participated in nearly every major engagement in the East, endured incredible casualties. Only a few returned to their homes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. Sergeant William Ray was one of that lucky few. Four Years with the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William Ray chronicle Ray's personal story. Editor Sherry Murphy, Ray's great-great grand-daughter, and co-editor Lance Heredegan capture the essence of a common Civil War soldier's life--in thought and deed.

Ray joined the Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in 1861 as a private and served with the unit until being mustered out in 1865 with the rank of sergeant. His account of his experiences as a common soldier are riveting, and they magnificently capture the monotony of endless drilling, guard duty, and camp chores that consumed most of his days. …

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