By Barry Popchock
Blood and anger, bragging and soreness, are all a part of this younger Iowa soldier's full of life phrases approximately warfare and soldiering. A twenty-year-old farmer from Council Bluffs, Charles O. Musser used to be one of many 76,000 Iowans who enlisted to put on the blue uniform. He used to be a prolific author, penning not less than a hundred thirty letters domestic in the course of his time period of carrier with the twenty ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Soldier Boy makes an important contribution to the literature of the typical soldier within the Civil conflict. additionally, it takes a unprecedented examine the Trans-Mississippi theater, which has frequently been undervalued via historians. consistently Musser dutifully wrote and mailed his letters domestic. With a commendable eye for ancient aspect, he instructed of battles and marches, guerrilla and siege conflict, camp lifestyles and garrison soldiering, morale and patriotism, Copperheads and contraband, and Lincoln's reelection and assassination, making a notable account of actions during this nearly forgotten backwater of the warfare.