Civil War historian Eric Wittenberg over at his Rantings of a Civil War Historian blog described a treasure trove of documents he gathered up at the Ohio Historical Society back on the 23rd while doing research on another book. His find sounds amazing and I am very jealous, but pleased that yet more Civil War primary documents are coming to light. Among the items Wittenberg unearthed was a previously unknown and unpublished regimental history, The 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The author is one Eugene Powell and according to Wittenberg, there are 11 complete chapters that cover nearly the entire career of the 66th Ohio. I did a quick search and it appears no one was indeed aware of his manuscript! Great job Eric Wittenberg. [Disclaimer I am in my computer lab while my AP students conducting research and cannot validate this 100% but will.]
Here is a decription Wittenberg posted on his site:
The Powell manuscript consists of eleven chapters describing the actions of the 66th O.V.I. in various battles. The chapters were numbered during processing and are arranged in their apparent order. It is uncertain if the entire manuscript is included in this collection. Chapters 1-3 are entitled Preparing for the Conflict, Campaign in Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, respectively. Chapters 4-6 are labeled New Market, Fredericksburg, and Alexandria [Port Republic]; Pope’s Campaign, August 1862; and Antietam and McClellan’s Campaign in Maryland. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 are entitled Burnsides and Hooker, Dumfries and Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; and Campaign on the Rappahannock, New York City, and Governor’s Island, respectively. Chapters 10 and 11 are called Campaign in Tennessee and On to Atlanta!