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The Resource Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Sherman's march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon

Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Sherman's march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon

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Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Sherman's march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills
Title
Army life of an Illinois soldier
Title remainder
including a day-by-day record of Sherman's march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills
Statement of responsibility
compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon
Title variation
Sherman's march to the sea
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A high-spirited idealist who craved excitement when he enlisted in the Eighth Illinois Volunteers for three months and reenlisted for three years, Wills, of Canton, Illinois, wrote frequently to his sister Mary Emily Wills and kept a diary of General William T. Sherman's campaigns during the last year of the war. A student and store clerk before enlisting, Wills found that army life "beats clerking." He enlisted as a private at the age of twenty-one and by twenty-four was a major. He had thought he might receive an infantry commission eventually, but when the opportunity arose for promotion to first lieutenant in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry, "cupidity and ambition" caused him to abandon the Eighth, enabling him to hold rank "without so much walking." For a while, he seriously rued his lack of action, but his enthusiasm for carnage waned as he marched with Sherman to the sea. Wills matured in the army. He joined solely to preserve the Union, and his early comments on slaves "lacked sympathy, even decency," according to John Y. Simon. Later he came to the point where he would arm blacks - in part, with an eye toward gaining rank by leading the new regiments. Yet he was not blind to the anomalies of a slave society. Wills died in 1883. To preserve his memory, his sister (now Mary E. Kellogg) printed his diary in 1904. Two years later, Kellogg combined the diary with the letters Wills had written to her earlier in the war
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Action
digitized
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
N$T
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1840-1883
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Wills, Charles Wright
Dewey number
973.7/81
Index
no index present
Language note
English
LC call number
E601
LC item number
.W73 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kellogg, Mary E
Series statement
Shawnee classics
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  • Wills, Charles Wright
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Sherman's March to the Sea
  • Illinois
  • Wills, Charles Wright
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Illinois
  • United States
  • Amerikaanse burgeroorlog
  • Regions & Countries - Americas
  • History & Archaeology
  • United States - General
Label
Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Sherman's march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
43475942
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 383 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585106304
Lccn
95048898
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)43475942
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Sherman's march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
43475942
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 383 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585106304
Lccn
95048898
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)43475942
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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