“This is in Brief My Remenence of My Army Life” The Civil War Memoir of Louis Bir

Citation data:

Indiana Magazine of History, Vol: 101, Issue: 1, Page: 3-8

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/facpubs/2449
Author(s):
Fowler, J. D.
Tags:
louis bir; autobiography; civil war; soldiers; combat; History; Military History; United States History
article description
Louis Bir was a typical Civil War soldier in most respects. He was young, only nineteen years old at the time of his enlistment in the Ninety-Third Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862, and he was anxious for a grand adventure. For the remainder of the war, Bir traveled across the Western Theater, experiencing the horrors of combat, the agony of wounds, and the monotony of camp life. Fortunately for future generations of historians, Bir was atypical of most Civil War soldiers in that he left a record of his experiences. This record offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of one "Billy Yank."