Heavy Marching: The Civil War Letters of Lute Moseley, 22nd Wisconsin (Hardcover)

Heavy Marching: The Civil War Letters of Lute Moseley, 22nd Wisconsin By Lucius S. Moseley, Sara DeLuca (Editor) Cover Image
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Lucius “Lute” Moseley was a nineteen-year-old student at Beloit Academy when he enlisted in the Union Army. Moseley grew up on a family farm outside Beloit, Wisconsin, where his father operated the first dray service before opening a blacksmith shop and lumber yard. His father lost most of his modest assets through litigation of a building contract he had received, which likely influenced his son’s decision to enlist in the army.

From 1862 to 1865, Moseley fought in the Civil War as an infantry soldier in Wisconsin’s 22nd Volunteers. Briefly captured and interred in a Confederate POW Camp, he returned to action and participated in Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. He marched in the Washington, D.C., Grand Review before returning to the Beloit area, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Mosely wrote detailed missives to his family in Beloit about his wartime experiences, demonstrating a flair for describing both camp life and battles. Frank and forthright, he was remarkably articulate, insightful, and thoughtful, whether describing mundane activities or the nearly unfathomable death of President Lincoln. These 125 letters, never before made available to scholars or students of the war, became touchstones and sources of pride for the Moseley family—and provide a uniquely candid and vivid view of this tumultuous period in US history.

About the Author

Lucius “Lute” Moseley (1843–1923) fought in the Civil War as a soldier in the Union Army from 1862 to 1865. After the war, Moseley became a farmer, and would remain in Beloit for the rest of his life.

Sara DeLuca is the author of the memoir Dancing the Cows Home, the family biography The Crops Look Good, and three chapbooks of poetry. Her work appears in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, North Coast Review, and elsewhere.

Praise For…

“I have read hundreds of such collections in print and manuscript, so for a collection to attract as much of my interest as this one did speaks to its quality. Virtually every letter has something of significance to students of the war—a rarity.”—George Rable, author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!

“Fascinating, informative, unique, memorable, Heavy Marching: The Civil War Letters of Lute Moseley, 22nd Wisconsin is deftly compiled and edited by Sara DeLuca. . . . A welcome, seminal, and highly recommended acquisition.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299342708
ISBN-10: 0299342700
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 306
Language: English