Memoirs of a Dutch Mudsill: The "War Memories" of John Henry Otto, Captain, Company D, 21st Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
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Memoirs of a Dutch Mudsill: The "War Memories" of John Henry Otto, Captain, Company D, 21st Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

4.67 of 5 stars 4.67  ·  rating details  ·  3 ratings  ·  1 review
John Henry Otto was born September 12, 1822. in Westphalia, Germany, and enlisted in the Prussian army sometime around 1845. According to his own account, he served in the war between Prussia and Denmark in 1848 and as a sergeant fought to suppress revolution in southern Germany. He was discharged in 1849 as a first lieutenant in the reserve but was called up again in 1850...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Kent State University Press
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Ann
Jan 19, 2013 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ann by: James B. Kennedy (editor)
Shelves: memoir, history

This is my favorite Civil War book, and it reads like a novel. I don't often award five stars, but this book truly did amaze me and deserves more attention than it is getting in the book world. Written later in life, Otto's memoir is based on a journal he kept of events as they unfolded. To describe the content in a nutshell, I can't do better than to quote from my husband's review on Amazon:

"It follows the Army of the Cumberland as it fights, scavenges, and destroys its way through the heartla...more
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