By William J. K. Beaudot, Lance J. Herdegen
No soldier went off to the Civil battle with swifter step than 17-year-old James Patrick Sullivan. A employed guy on a farm in Juneau County, Wisconsin, he used to be one of the first to anwer Lincoln's demand volunteers in 1861. Sullivan fought in a ranking of significant battles, was once wounded 5 instances, and used to be the single soldier of his regiment to enlist on 3 separate events. An Irishman within the Iron Brigade is a suite of Sullivan's writings approximately his not easy days in President Lincoln's military. utilizing conflict diaries and letters, the Irish immigrant composed approximately a dozen revealing bills concerning the battles of his brigage-Brawner Farm, moment Bull Run, South Mountain, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg in addition to the combating of 1864. utilizing his outdated camp identify, Mickey of corporation K,Sullivan wrote no longer lots for relatives or for historical past, yet to entertain his comrades of the previous Iron Brigade. His stories-overlooked and forgotten for greater than a century- are pleasant debts of rough-hewn Westernsoldiers within the jap military of the Potomac. His Gettysburg account, for instance, is without doubt one of the most sensible reminiscences of that epic conflict by way of a soldier within the ranks. He additionally left a from-the-ranks view of a few of the Union's significant infantrymen similar to George McClellan, Irvin McDowell, John Pope, and Ambrose Burnside. An Irishman within the Iron Brigade is partially the tale of the good veterans' move which formed the nation's politics ahead of the turn-of-the-century. afflicted by way of fiscal hassle, advancing age, and previous struggle accidents, Sullivan became to previous comrades, his stories, and writing, to place the nice stories of his existence in standpoint.
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Extra info for An Irishman in the Iron Brigade: the Civil War memoirs of James P. Sullivan, Sergt., Company K, 6th Wisconsin volunteers
S. Land Department wanted proof that his father was naturalized before he could obtain a patent. The government, Sullivan pointed out, required no proof of citizenship in 1863 when his older brother, John, enrolled for the draft. John Sullivan, in fact, served in the famous 8th Wisconsin Infantry until 1865. Left unsaid, of course, was that J. P. Sullivan, himself an immigrant, apparently needed no proof of naturalization when he volunteered in 1861, or when, after being wounded at South Mountain and discharged for disability, he re-enlisted a second time.
The first week of our life in Camp Randall we spent in wooden quarters built on the east side and north of the gate. When tents were furnished they were pitched on the west side in the northwest corner of the camp. 34 The 5th [Wisconsin] regiment35 were in tents in a light depression of the ground, just north of what we called headquarters, on the hill and our glorious brass band was in tents between the 5th regiment and ours, and at any time their discordant tootings would have brought a deserved shower of Page 25 defunct eggs, but at that time we were willing to endure anything to whip secession.
Were conundrums which the ablest of us were unable to master and the way we went "endways," "sideways," in one row and two rows would puzzle Col. [Rufus] King22 or any other "maitre de arms" in the country. Our maneuvering was done in the public square at Mauston to the great edification of school children, fathers, mothers, sisters, friends and girls we had not yet left behind us, and if they judged by the loudness of the tones of command and our ability to charge the school house or church, they must have felt the rebellion would soon be a thing of the past.