|Twin Publications Presents
These Men Were Heroes Once
The Sixty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry
compiled by Carolyn S. Bridge
The soldiers of the Sixty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry were typical Indiana soldiers—the majority of them were from farming communities, their average age was just over twenty, none of them won the Medal of Honor, and although discussed, no extensive history was ever written about them. But, In Lieutenant-Colonel Oran Perry’s words, “these men were heroes once.”
These heroes recount here in their own words the campaigns won and lost, the battles and hardships, the bad food, the foraged food, and the death of comrades. From their first disastrous battle at Richmond, Kentucky, to their final battle at Fort Blakely on the very day of General Lee’s surrender, these soldiers participated in a war the survivors would forever memorialize—in prose, in poetry, and in song.
If you’ll listen, my comrades, a story ’twill be,
Of the old sixty-ninth Indiana,
As gallant and brave as you ever did see,
Was the old Sixty-ninth Indiana.
(sung to the tune of “Molly and I, and the Baby”)
Includes: letters, newspaper articles, presentations, and poetry written by the soldiers of the 69th; biographies of the soldiers; 432 pp., illus., photographs, complete index
8 ½ x 5 ½
$24.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling