11455Re: [civilwarwest] Wilder's Brigade
- May 31, 2002Hi Hank,
I was rather surprised at your last comments since the record of
"Wilder's Lightning Brigade" (actually commanded by Abram O. Miller from
late 1864 onward) has long been well known. "WLB" served with distinction
right up to the end of the war including participation in the Atlanta
Campaign and the capture and occupation of Selma and Montgomery AL in
April 1865. There are plenty of sources you can consult including a
number of regimental histories. Former Sgt. Ben. Magee's "History of the
72nd Indiana" (published 1882 and reprinted by Acorn Press) is one of the
best of these. You can also consult the "Indiana in the Civil War" and
"Illinois in the Civil War" websites to obtain capsule service records of
the regiments within Wilder's Brigade. The U.S. Army MHI also has
excellent on-line bibliographies for Wilder's Brigade units as well.
I have a personal interest in "WLB" since the 72nd Indiana was actually
raised at Camp Tippecanoe right here in Lafayette, IN (I live three blocks
from the original site) and many of its veterans are buried in local
cemeteries. 72nd Colonel A. O. Miller was from Lebanon, IN less than 1/2
down the road. 72nd historian Benjamin Magee is buried in Montmorenci
Cemetery, just a few miles from where I write this.
It might interest you to know that I am currently editing the previously
unpublished wartime letters of three 72nd Indiana men who served in the
same company I expect to have these published either this or early next
year by a major university press. I can't go into specifics at this point
but CAN tell you these letters are superb and will make a singular
addition to the "WLB" bibliography.
On Fri, 31 May 2002, hank9174 wrote:
> John T. Wilder was a volunteer officer from Indiana who cut his
> eyeteeth defending Munfordville, KY during Bragg;s invasion in the
> early fall of 1862. Forced to surrender there, he was exchanged, lead
> a brigade at Stone's River and took a prominent role in the Tullahoma
> campaign and the battle of Chickamauga.
> His brigade ranks with the Texas, Iron and Stonewall (in no particular
> order) as the finest shock troops in the war. However, after
> Chickamauga they seem to vanish from the stage. What happened? other
> duty? under-manned? mustered out? something else?
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