By: John Zimm
Foreword by: Michael Edmonds
Over one hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War still fascinates us—the vast armies marching to war, iconic leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, the drama of a nation divided. But the Civil War was also about individuals, the hundreds of thousands of ordinary men and boys who fought and died on either side and the families and friends left at home.
This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home
tells this other side of the story. Drawing from over 11,000 letters in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Civil War collection, it gives a unique and intimate glimpse of the men and women who took part in the War for the Union. Follow Wisconsin soldiers as they sign up or get drafted, endure drill and picket duty, and get their first experiences of battle. Join them as they fight desperation and fear, encounter the brutality of slavery, and struggle with the reasons for war.
From impressions of army life and the South to the hardships of disease and battle, these letters tell the story of the war through the eyes and pens of those who fought in it. This Wicked Rebellion
brings to life the heroism and heartache, mayhem and misery of the Civil War, and the powerful role Wisconsin played in it.
received a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has worked for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press since 2002. His articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History include "On to Montezuma’s Halls: The Story of Alexander Conze” and "Wisconsin’s Historic Windmills.” John lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin, with his wife, Nicole, and son, Danny.
is deputy director of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Library-Archives. A member of the staff since 1982, he leads the effort to digitize manuscripts and rare books for the Wisconsin Historical Society website. His 2009 book on Paul Bunyan, Out of the Northwoods, won the Wayland D. Hand Prize from the American Folklore Society.
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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