Book Launch Not Till Then Can the World Know


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  • @LSBusch is the author L. Spencer Busch, and is proud to launch her book:
    • Not Till Then Can the World Know:
      Replacement Companies of the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry in the Trans-Mississippi
    • Published 3/28/2020
    • Launched on CWT on 4/1/2020
    • Buy it on Amazon

While the 14th Iowa Infantry was being organized in 1861, its first three companies (A, B, and C) were sent to the Dakota Territory. The remaining seven companies entered the Civil War in 1862, but to be complete the regiment still had to recruit replacements for the first three.

This regimental history focuses on the replacement companies and on what the war was like for the men of the regiment in camp, on the march, and in battle in 1863 and 1864.The first part is the diary kept by 8th Corporal Valentine L. Spawr, a member of the new Company C and the 14th Iowa color guard, in camp at Fort Halleck, Ky., in 1863. The second part covers the regiment’s fighting in the Trans-Mississippi in 1864—Sherman’s Meridian Expedition, Banks’s Red River Campaign, and battles at Tupelo, Miss., and Pilot Knob, Mo.

It includes the controversy over the dismissal of Colonel William T. Shaw, the regiment’s organizer and first commander—later a brigade and division commander in the 16th Army Corps—for publicly criticizing General Nathaniel Banks and other officers after the battle of Pleasant Hill, La.Busch used primary sources as much as possible, incorporating letters from soldiers in the same regiment and brigade, newspaper articles, and officers’ reports.

Besides the diary, the book contains illustrations, a roster of the replacement companies, an index, and extensive notes.

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