The_Valiant_Soldier__Cover_for_KindleThe Valiant Soldier: The Civil War & Frontier Diary of W. Henry Oettiker. (2013) — This book reveals W. Henry Oettiker a young Wisconsin farmer who left the wheat fields of the Wisconsin frontier and traveled 10,000 miles all through his Civil War journey. The diary takes up Oettiker’s experiences during the last stages of the Civil War to his enlistment and service 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.

978-0-7864-3210-3 The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War: A Regimental History (2008)

“the powerful story of a regiment from the Wisconsin frontier that saw hard service in the Western Theater. Christopher Wehner has written a deeply researched Civil War narrative”–Lance J. Herdegen, author of The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

“a first-rate account of a Union regiment that fought in some of the toughest campaigns of the Civil War in the West. Well researched and well written. Highly recommended”–William Shea, co-author of Pea Ridge and Vicksburg Is the Key.

This blog will deal with Civil War Soldiers, their correspondences, Regimental histories, books, and/or Soldier Studies. In addition, general Civil War topics may occasionally be addressed as well.

530931_519206498089443_799449326_nHello, I am the archivist and curator for Soldier As a historian I focus on Civil War soldiers and their experiences before, during, and after the war. I have studied Civil War soldiers for the past 10 plus years, transcribed thousands of letters, while continuing to research and write about soldiers and their experiences.

If you’re looking for a speaker for your Civil War Round Table or any other Educational Event, please do not hesitate to contact me: contact form here or use email below:


EMAIL: cwehner -at- soldierstudies -dot- org


Master of Arts, American Public University, Charles Town, West Virginia, 2011.
Thesis: A Regimental Study

Bachelor of Arts, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado, 1992.


Soldier Studies: Civil War Soldiers Letters and Diaries Database, (


The Valiant Soldier: The Civil War & Frontier Diary of W. Henry Oettiker (Spring 2013)

The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War: A Regimental History, McFarland & Co. (Fall 2008)


 “The Confederate Attack on Washington, N.C., ” North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal Vol. 40 No. 1, (February, 2014)

“Robbed of Glory, the Aftermath of Gettysburg and its impact on Soldiers and Civilians,” Smithsonian Civil War Studies, (August, 2013)

“Into Rebeldom: How the Physical Journey South Impacted Union Soldiers,” Soldier Studies, (November 29th, 2009).

“Ten Questions with Lance J. Herdegen,” Soldier Studies, (Winter, 2009).

“Just Retribution,” the Federal Burning of Prentiss, Mississippi, September 1862,” Soldier Studies, (June 29th, 2011)


Soldier Studies


–History of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment
–The Good Doctor: Biography of Henry P. Strong, 11th Wisconsin Surgeon
–Letters Home, the Wartime Correspondences of Samuel Kirkpatrick

–The Union Regimental Unit History, 1864-1925
–REUNION: How Civil War Soldiers Remembered the War
–A Reassessment of the Battle at Cache River
–Vengeance at Fort Blakely, Alabama


2007 – Present; A.P. United States History Instructor, Grand Junction, CO.
2006 – Present; Curator of


The Society of Civil War Historians

8 Comments add one

  1. martin says:

    Interesting stuff, well done. I have passed this on to some folks I know who are interested in postal history.

    Anyway, you can delete this comment, it was just a way to contact you and offer kudos.

    You may be interested in some research on a letter that my father has from Marshal Pierce who was in charge of the district that included Oxford Mississippi, during the the Hayes/Tilden election.

    I did three posts on it at What Would the Founders Think?

    I’ll Dance on the Ashes
    Who Was Mr. Pierce
    More on Pierce and L.Q.C. Lamar



  2. admin says:

    Martin thank you for the kind words, I enjoy your blog as well, Keep up the good work!

  3. Chris, stumbled on the site today; well done. Enjoy it very much. I’m doing something similar with the focus on the North Carolina State Troops. Keep it up!

  4. Chris says:

    Thank you, I’ll be sure to check it out! Added your blog too!

  5. Thanks for the add, will do the same.

  6. Chris says:


  7. Vince S says:

    Great site and a focus for blog with which I sympathize. To pass on some links to digital soldiers’ letter resources specific to Pennsylvania, see:
    1) The Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps Historical Society, which has an astounding number of letters from that division once you drill down by regiment.
    2) “PA Civil War Era Newspaper Project,” which is a couple dozen full-text searchable newspapers. Use the search string “Army Correspondence” in certain newspapers (e.g. Columbia Spy) and you get gold.
    3) My blog, “Lancaster at War,” about the 79th Pennsylvania and Lancaster County in the Civil War. I’m posting a batch of soldiers’ letters written explicitly for publication in Lancaster’s newspapers, and following the regiment and corresponding activities on the home front.

  8. 122NYInfantry says:

    Chris – just saw your June 2010 post about the Battle of Fredericksburg letter written from the front. “Frank” Babcock is my great-great grandfather and I was just wondering where on earth you found that letter? I am tickled pink and would love to know if there are more letters from Frank circulating out there. Thanks for your blog and especially that post.

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