This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home (Hardcover)

This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home By John Zimm (Editor), Michael Edmonds (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John Zimm (Editor), Michael Edmonds (Foreword by)
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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.

About the Author

John Zimm 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.” He has also written a biography of John Nelligan for young readers, which will be published as part of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press Badger Biographies series. John lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin, with his wife, Nicole, and son, Danny.

Praise For…

“Telling the Civil War’s story through these personal letters from those who fought it provides unforgettable descriptions of brutal battles, extreme living conditions, the hopes of slaves, the living hell of prisons, and unsanitary and frequently fatal medical treatment that could not otherwise be expressed as poignantly. … (Karl Helicher, Foreword Reviews)

"Members of the Civil War/War Between the States community are always looking for new insights into the struggle and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press has brought us a gem." (James M. Gallen, Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg, “The Angle” magazine)

… “Taken together, these letters paint an intimate picture of the 80,000 men from Wisconsin who went to war and of the 11,000 who never returned home. They speak eloquently to us of a time when uncommon valor became a common virtue.” (Gordon Berg, The Civil War Round Table of The District Columbia book review)

“The letters included help illustrate how the war affected the North, what life was like in Civil War camps, reports from battles and thoughts on slavery and emancipations. They bring the bloodiest era of American history right to Wisconsin's doorstep.” (Bobby Tanzilo, Managing Editor, On

With “This Wicked Rebellion,” we’re able to see the divided world of the 1860s through the eyes of Wisconsin’s own. (Jeanne Kolker, Wisconsin State Journal)

Winner, Midwest Independent Publishers Association Midwest Books Awards (History)”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780870205040
ISBN-10: 0870205048
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Publication Date: October 24th, 2012
Pages: 240
Language: English