Savas-Beatie has asked me to post a link to the book trailer they did for The Maps Of Chickamauga. I’m happy to do it. I find these trailers interesting, even though I rarely watch videos or the usual goofy stuff you find on youtube.
Here is the link:
I’m curious to know what folks think about them – do they help you in buying decisions?
I tend to buy everything, so while I like watching them, I can’t really say they give me purchasing guidance.:)
Seriously, I think they are way cool.
I got a chance to follow up with these guys at Indianapolis last week. I examined some letters from a couple of men in the unit at the Indiana Historical Society – no mention of the problems I described in my last post. Either the men were too embarrassed to talk about the controversy, or few in the ranks realized the extent of the problem.
Then I went to the Indiana state archives and pulled the regimental correspondence. This is an outstanding resource, and I suspect one of the more under-utilized. Every state has similar AG records, but organization varies from great to abysmal.
Indiana’s is first-rate. The regimental correspondence is on film, organized by unit, and then by date. I was able to track the entire affair via petitions and letters to the governer from the various factions. I’ve used these films in the past to similar good effect, including finding a bunch of Reports omitted from the OR but filed with the state.
In this case, things came to a head when Colonel Caldwell backed the appointment of two officers who shared his political views, and the rest of the officers objected. When the officers in question were appointed, then charges were leveled against Caldwell.
However, Caldwell prevailed. Apparently Jefferson C. Davis took a personal interest, given his similar anti-abolitionist views, triggering that mass of resignations at the end of April, 1863.
However, the whole mess was reviewed by the War Department, and ultimately by Lincoln, who dropped a bombshell on Colonel Caldwell by dismissing him from the service in July. The order of dismissal arrived on July 6th, and hit the regiment like a bombshell. Those few anti-Caldwell officers who did not resign were the ultimate winners, and they filled out the senior officer ranks with appointments in 1864.
I copied 40 pages of material out of the correspondence file, mostly petitions and letters to the governor. There is much grist here for an article. The 81st’s printeed regimental history is so sparse and circumspect that there is likely room for a decent book on the subject, as well.