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Where to learn more about the 27th Indiana
















General Alpheus S. Williams

Personal Accounts

"The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry," by Edmund R. Brown (of Company C), 1899. The Official History. Reprinted by Butternut Press, Gaithersburg, MD in 1980s. Original and Reprints are extremely hard to find.

"Giants in the Cornfield," by Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., 1997. White Mane Publishers, Shippenburg, PA. This is the definitive work on the 27th Indiana. Captures the emotional and social involvement of the men in their own words. Lets you see what it was like to be in an infantry regiment during the war. This work is not a rehash of the official history. Mr. Jones has unearthed important new material, most of which is not in the official history. Information on this work, including autographed copies, can be obtained ($30 + $4 S&H )by writing:

Wilbur Jones Compositions

4700 Chamberlain Lane

Wilmington NC 28409

Or check out Mr. Jones web site at www.wilburjones.com.

E-mail Wilbur Jones

"From the Cannon's Mouth," edited by Milo M. Quaife, 1959, Wayne State Univ. Press, Detroit, MI. These are the wartime letters of Alpheus S. Williams. This book is extremely hard to find but worth the price. General Williams was the 27th Indiana's division commander throughout the war. He commanded the XII Corps at Gettysburg and on occasion in the Atlanta Campaign. Williams is truly one of the unsung heroes of the war. You can read his letters, learn more about Williams, and explore the 27th's parent units at Lowell Forest Boileau's outstanding home page called "Plug Ugly" (Williams' horse).

"Soldiering: The Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull," edited by K. Jack Bauer, 1977, Presidio, Novato, CA. Rice Bull was a member of the 123d New York Infantry, which joined the 27th Indiana's brigade from Chancellorsville through Atlanta. Contains many vivid recollections of the Hoosiers.

General Reference

"A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer (1908), reprints possibly available through Broadfoot Publishing. Guild Press includes this monumental work in their Official Records CD-ROM.

"The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies", There are a total of 16 volumes of the Official Records that purport to contain some mention of the 27th Indiana Infantry. The hardbacks are available through Broadfoot Publishing. The CD-ROM versions are offered by three main suppliers. Guild Press' version includes Dyer's Compendium, Fox's Regimental Losses, Great Battles, and the Official Guide to the Use of the Official Records.

"The Army of the Potomac," by Bruce Catton, 1962, Doubleday, Garden City, NY. Mr. Catton features the 27th Indiana to tell his story in this classic work.

"Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac," by William Swinton, 1866. Blue & Grey Press, Secaucus, NJ, offers a fine reprint of this essential work.

"History of the Army of the Cumberland," by Thomas B. Van Horne, 1875. Broadfoot Publishing offers an excellent exact reprint (covers and all) of perhaps the best large unit history to come out of the war.

Battle Reference

"Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain," by Robert K. Krick, 1990. This is the best description of the battle but some reviewers feel it is done from the southern perspective.

"Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America's Bloodiest Day," by William A. Frassanito, 1978, Scribner's, New York, NY. This book allowed me to walk directly to the exact sites where the 27th fought. Best in-depth study available.

"Chancellorsville," by Stephen W. Sears, 1996, Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY. Finally, the history has been written that explains the 27th's important role.

"Gettysburg: A Journey in Time," by William A. Frassanito, 1975, Scribner's, New York, NY. As good as the Antietam work. Details the 27th Indiana and 2d Massachusetts attack at Spangler's Spring at Culp's Hill.

"Gettysburg: Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill," by Harry W. Pfanz, 1993, UNC Press, Chapel Hill, NC. THE work on the 'other Gettysburg.' Provides insight to the implications of the attack at Spangler's Spring.

Internet Civil War Book Sources

James River Publications Provides a good resource on the net for where to find Civil War books. This site also includes a list of every known Civil War Regimental History published.

Well, that's all I have for now. If you would like to add to this list or comment on unique facts about the 27th Indiana, please e-mail Steve Russell.

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