Researcher Shares Regiment’s Role in Union Victory; New Book by Rexford Wiggers

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An educator brings Civil War history to life in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. His research leads to a compelling account of the role the 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry played in the capture of Atlanta.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “War Behind the Lines: The Civil War History of the 115th Ohio Infantry Regiment 1862-1865” by Rexford Wiggers.

Although not on the front lines of the war, some men made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Coming together after President Lincoln’s third call for volunteers in the spring of 1862, the 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry played a crucial role in the North’s capture of Atlanta during the Civil War. The new book “War Behind the Lines” details the 115th regiment’s work protecting the single rail supply line of Union General William Sherman’s army as it fought for Atlanta. Soldiers of the 115th regiment fought and died to preserve some 80 miles of the Nashville and Chattanooga Railway from Confederate infantry, cavalry, bushwhackers and guerrillas who hoped to destroy the road and interrupt the stream of 1,600 tons of Yankee provisions that passed along the road each day. General Sherman himself admitted that capturing Atlanta would have been impossible without the railroad and the soldiers that protected it.

Although not on the front lines of the war, many men of the 115th regiment made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, killed in combat, or dying of disease. Included is an account of one of the worst maritime disasters in history -- the sinking of the steamboat Sultana. The steamboat, jammed with thousands of paroled soldiers, sank after its boilers exploded and set the boat on fire, killing thousands of men, including 45 of the 86 soldiers of the 115th regiment that were onboard the doomed vessel.

Biographical information about soldiers, photos, drawings, guides to regimental organization and military terminology, and a detailed roster for the 115th regiment bolster this account of the activities, both grand and mundane, of the brave men of the 115th Ohio regiment. The book follows the creation of the regiment in 1862 to its final muster out in July of 1865 at Cleveland, Ohio.

Author Rexford Wiggers spent 10 years researching the material in this book, thanks to a Civil War ancestor who caught his attention. Wiggers, who recently retired after 33 years in public education, is a cum laude graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He writes that he hopes his book inspires others to read and write about our American Civil War.
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War Behind the Lines: The Civil War History of the 115th Ohio Infantry Regiment 1862-1865
Rexford Wiggers
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1184-4
340 pages
$21.00 US

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