The Resource Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Shermans march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon, (electronic resource/)

Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Shermans march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon, (electronic resource/)

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Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Shermans march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills
Title
Army life of an Illinois soldier
Title remainder
including a day-by-day record of Shermans march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills
Statement of responsibility
compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon
Title variation
Shermans march to the sea
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Language
eng
Summary
A high-spirited idealist who craved excitement when he enlisted in the Eighth Illinois Volunteers for three months and reenlisted for three years, Wills, of Canton, Illinois, wrote frequently to his sister Mary Emily Wills and kept a diary of General William T. Shermans campaigns during the last year of the war. A student and store clerk before enlisting, Wills found that army life beats clerking. He enlisted as a private at the age of twenty-one and by twenty-four was a major. He had thought he might receive an infantry commission eventually, but when the opportunity arose for promotion to first lieutenant in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry, cupidity and ambition caused him to abandon the Eighth, enabling him to hold rank without so much walking. For a while, he seriously rued his lack of action, but his enthusiasm for carnage waned as he marched with Sherman to the sea. Wills matured in the army. He joined solely to preserve the Union, and his early comments on slaves lacked sympathy, even decency, according to John Y. Simon. Later he came to the point where he would arm blacks - in part, with an eye toward gaining rank by leading the new regiments. Yet he was not blind to the anomalies of a slave society. Wills died in 1883. To preserve his memory, his sister (now Mary E. Kellogg) printed his diary in 1904. Two years later, Kellogg combined the diary with the letters Wills had written to her earlier in the war
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Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
973.7/81
Index
no index present
LC call number
E601
LC item number
.W73 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Shawnee classics
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Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Shermans march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon, (electronic resource/)
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http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=11579
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online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm43475942
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
Form of item
online
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
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remote
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Army life of an Illinois soldier : including a day-by-day record of Shermans march to the sea : letters and diary of Charles W. Wills, compiled by Mary E. Kellogg ; foreword by John Y. Simon, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=11579
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm43475942
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote

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