Soldier Studies Voices, Vol. 1
includes photos, maps, illustrations
6×9, 132 pages
ed. Christopher C. Wehner
Soldier Studies is pleased to announce what will hopefully be the first in a series of books dealing with unique Civil War soldier diaries and letters. SoldierStudies.org founder, curator, and historian Chris Wehner edited the Civil War and frontier diary of W. (William) Henry Oettiker.
Oettiker was a young Wisconsin farmer who left the wheat fields of the Wisconsin frontier and traveled 10,000 miles all through his Civil War journey with the 11th Wisconsin Infantry regiment. The diary takes up Oettiker’s experiences during the last stages of the Civil War to his enlistment and service (in the 50th Wisconsin Infantry regiment) on the Great Plains and western frontier. From 1865 to 1866 Oettiker traveled another 2,000 miles west; a journey that was full of danger and hardship. While on the western frontier he encountered hostile Indians, witnessed murder, treachery, and the beauty of wild animals and the enchantment of buffalo hunts.