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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2023 3:53 pm 
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Fellow Sharpshooters

For those interested in reading 'Letters to the Editor' from the Badger Sharpshooters of Company 'G' 1st USSS, I discovered an invaluable reference in the Edwin B. Quiner collection. The following provides the history of this remarkable collection:

Title: Quiner Scrapbooks: Correspondence of the Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861-1865, Volume 2
Author/Creator: Quiner, E. B. (Edwin Bentley), d. 1868.

Description: When the Civil War broke out in 1861, journalist Edwin B. Quiner began clipping from newspapers any letters written home by soldiers who were serving at the front. He also included some letters from journalists embedded with the troops and from civilian agents appointed to accompany each regiment. Quiner bound these clippings into ten scrapbooks totaling 3,793 pages, and compiled handwritten indexes to eight of them. They formed the basis for his thousand-page book, ""Military History of Wisconsin: a record of the civil and military patriotism of the state, in the war for the Union..."" (Chicago: Clarke & Co., 1866). The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically, with each volume broken into rough sections devoted to individual regiments. Their text is not keyword searchable, but each volume has been
carefully tagged by WHS staff and can be searched at the Quiner collection home page. The scrapbooks can also be browsed effectively, since within each regiment, letters were generally pasted in chronological order. At an average of 3 letters per page, the scrapbooks offer legible texts of more than 10,000 letters written by Wisconsin Civil War soldiers
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Here is the link:[/url]https://content.wisconsinhistory.org/digital/collection/quiner/id/13080/rec/9[url]

Bill Skillman


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