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History of Company E of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry   By: (1833-1895)

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In "History of Company E of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry" by A. J. (Alfred James) Hill, readers are immersed in a captivating account of the Civil War experiences of a valiant group of soldiers. Hill's meticulous research and attention to detail bring an otherwise forgotten chapter of history to life.

The narrative centers around Company E, a diverse group of individuals who volunteered to fight for the Union army during the mid-19th century. Through a combination of official reports, personal accounts, and other primary sources, Hill reconstructs the soldiers' journey from enlistment to battlefields. The author's commitment to accuracy is commendable, as he skillfully weaves together various perspectives, establishing a well-rounded understanding of Company E's significant role in the war.

One aspect that sets this book apart is Hill's ability to humanize the soldiers. Each individual is presented as more than just a faceless figure in a regiment. Through their letters and diary entries, readers are granted a glimpse into the daily struggles, fears, and hopes of these brave men. By putting a personal touch on their stories, Hill instills a sense of empathy and connection in the reader, making their sacrifices all the more poignant.

The organization of the book is another strength, as Hill divides it into distinct sections that follow the soldiers through specific engagements. This structure not only helps readers to better comprehend the chronology of events but also effectively captures the ebb and flow of the war. Whether describing the chaos of a battlefield or the monotony of camp life, Hill's vivid descriptions transport readers, allowing them to witness the soldiers' experiences firsthand.

Although informative and engaging, it is worth noting that "History of Company E of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry" may not appeal to readers looking for a general overview of the Civil War. The book's focus on a specific company within a regiment means that some context is assumed, which might leave casual readers wanting more background information.

In conclusion, A. J. Hill's "History of Company E of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry" is a compelling testament to the bravery and sacrifices made by these often-overlooked soldiers. Hill's dedication to accuracy and his ability to humanize their experiences make for a captivating reading experience. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in delving deeper into the lesser-known stories of the Civil War.

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[Illustration: Photo of Alfred J. Hill and handwritten inscription: "Yours truly, Alfred J. Hill"]







St. Paul, Minn.: PIONEER PRESS CO. 1899.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1899, by PROF. T. H. LEWIS, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

All Rights Reserved.


It will be remembered by those connected with the military service that towards the end of the late Civil War, there went through the camps and barracks of the volunteer soldiers agents of publishing houses busily engaged in procuring material for "company histories," and still more anxiously soliciting subscriptions for the same. These histories were mere broadsides or charts, giving the name and rank of each man, with a few other personal facts, compiled from the muster rolls, and in addition an abstract of campaign movements, battles, and so forth; all the information being brought up to date of subscription. Of course as permanent and final records such publications would be failures, there being no "next" in which to "conclude" their stories.

While the Sixth Minnesota Infantry Regiment lay at New Orleans, one of the visitations described occurred to it (this being a very successful one), and thereupon a member of Company E proposed to a comrade the getting up of something of the kind among themselves, to be of home manufacture... Continue reading book >>

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