Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Civil War Oddities #18

The Union Army had one company made up entirely of pugilists. There were others composed of musicians, farmers or butchers. One Temperance Company went into battle stone sober, tradition has it. The 126th New York was the YMCA Regiment. Nicholas Busch, later Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, formed a woodchopper’s corps of German immigrants who were unable to fight, and had them cut and haul wood for Mississippi River army steamers, pausing now and then to beat off guerrillas.

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