The Civil War Diary of William Biss, 1861-1864: 16th Wisconsin Infantry, Pioneer Corps

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From the editor's Preface (pg. 6):
Biss's diary is researched and edited here for the first time. As far as I can tell, no Civil War historian has ever cited it as a source. And yet, Biss offers insight into certain elements of camp life, such as the roles of Methodism, temperance, forced marches, orders countermanded, constant worry about the danger of illness, and the prevalence of "camp rumor." To genealogists, Biss offers clues about Wisconsin ancestors. He offers insights about certain elements of the Western Theater, such as the Pioneer Corps and steamboat travel on the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. To accomplish these things, the diary requires editorial assistance because it is private and often allusive. My comments are attempts to imagine flesh on the bones of my third-great grandfather.

Table of Contents

1 Chippewa Valley Guard (December 18-20, 1861)
2 Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin (December 22, 1861-March 5, 1862)
3 Battle of Shiloh (March 27-April 16, 1862)
4 The March to Corinth, Mississippi (April 17-May 31, 1862)
5 Siege and Occupation of Corinth, Mississippi (June 1- September 16, 1862)
6 Battle of Iuka, Mississippi (September 17-20, 1862)
7 Second Battle and Occupation of Cirinth (September 21-November 26, 1862)
8 Tallahatchie River Valley Campaign (November 27, 1862 - January 15, 1863)
9 Vicksburg Campaign (January 16, 1863 - January 29, 1864)
10 Red Bone and Vicksburg (January 30- March 2, 1864)
11 Journey to Wisconsin on Furlough (March 3-16, 1864)
12 Return to Vicksburg (April 2-May 3, 1864)
13 Expedition toYazoo City, Mississippi (May 4-19, 1864)
14 Vicksburg, Mississippi (May 20-July 9, 1864)
15 James Biss (August 29, 1827-June 28, 1877)
Index of Names
Index of Topics

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