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In the Fight for the Four-Gun Battery During the Battle of Resaca, Georgia, May 15, 1864

This blog is for accounts of the Battle of Resaca and the 129th Illinois Infantry and related units.

“Mr. Miller has written one of the best documented and detailed works on the American Civil War in decades. He has combined both exciting research as well as personal first hand site visits that make They All Wore a Star to come alive to the reader.” — Ken Padgett, Founding member of the Friends of … Continue reading Ken Padgett

Ken Padgett

“Miller’s work is a welcome addition to Civil War scholarship. This is an excellent resource for those interested in a myriad of primary sources material.  These sources, Union and Confederate, illustrate the interplay among events, the role and decisions of historical actors, and the insight provided by these historical actors.  These sources represent a body … Continue reading Victoria Bryant Stewart

Victoria Bryant Stewart

This book details the soldier’s life in letters home, diaries, regimental histories etc. From joining up, living the day to day boring camp life, to charging an entrenched position with death or maiming a possible outcome, this book brings the Civil War soldier’s story to life. The author follows an Illinois regiment that includes his … Continue reading Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey

This book was interesting reading. In various small ways, it reminded me of my days in combat. There were letters home talking about the searches for water, the sound of a pitched battle less than a mile away without a clue about what was going on, the gentle rain of leaves shredded by bullets passing … Continue reading David West

David West

An excellent account of both the daily life of Civil War soldiers and and a dramatic battle for a gun battery told by weaving together excerpts from contemporary letters, diaries, other correspondence and military records. Extensive research and a narrative that provides clarity through background and explanations make for a readable, interesting book that provides … Continue reading Jim Halpin

Jim Halpin

“They All Wore a star is a detailed account of the war from soldiers and officers in the first part of the Atlanta Campaign, focusing heavily on the desperate action to claim a Confederate battery in the Battle of Resaca.  The author brings the story from the bottom up and gives insight into the war … Continue reading Lee White

Lee White