INFANTRY TACTICS, COMPILED FROM SCOTT AND HARDEE, FOR THE USE OF WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS
by [Civil War]: [Kirkpatrick, Samuel Cotter]: Chandler, Robert
Milwaukee, 1861. 77pp. Gathered signatures, stitched. Minor staining, with some insect damage affecting the top margin, touching some running headers and costing some text towards the end, especially the last few leaves. Good. An extraordinarily rare Civil War drillbook printed expressly for volunteers in the Wisconsin army. This copy belonged to Samuel Cotter Kirkpatrick, first corporal and eventual sergeant in the 11th Wisconsin Volunteers. Kirkpatrick, a twice-wounded Wisconsin soldier, experienced much of the Civil War on the western side of the Mississippi River. He was born, and died, in Grant County, Wisconsin. On Sept. 11, 1861 the nineteen- year-old Kirkpatrick enrolled in the 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry at Mineral Point, Wisconsin. He was discharged at Indianola, Texas on Feb. 13, 1864, having attained the rank of sergeant. That same day Kirkpatrick re-enlisted and served until Sept. 4, 1865, when he was discharged at Mobile, Alabama. He suffered two wounds during the war: the first in the left ear at Port Gibson, Mississippi, about May 1, 1863; the second in the left breast by shrapnel at Big Black River, Mississippi, on May 17, 1863. Kirkpatrick married Caroline Mary Ritchey on April 4, 1864 and together they had five children. The 11th Wisconsin served west of the Mississippi in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The regiment served in Arkansas from March 1862 to March 1863, took part in the Vicksburg campaigns during the spring and summer, and then in Louisiana in the fall. In late November 1863 the regiment was transported by steamship to Point Isabel, Texas. For the next three months they fought in difficult campaigns on the Texas coast before returning to New Orleans in late February 1864. They then returned to hard campaigning in western Louisiana until they had completed their three-year enlistment terms in late September 1864. Kirkpatrick had completed his full three- year term earlier that year. Kirkpatrick carried this field manual on all of these campaigns. He signed the book twice, identified it as his book and himself as "First Corporal" on the verso of the titlepage. He has written the names of several family members, and what appears to be the beginning of a letter on the last leaf. The book is an extremely rare Civil War imprint. Only one copy is reported in OCLC, at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and we can find no mention of it elsewhere. OCLC 11150715. (Inventory #: WRCAM51113)
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