The Baraboo Guards, A Novel of the American Civil War - John K. Driscoll. They are only Wisconsin Militia—men and boys, farmers, loggers, tradesmen—until General John Gibbon dresses them in the Regular Army uniform and issues them those big black hats. From that moment forward, the Baraboo Guards—Company K of the Second Wisconsin Infantry Regiment of the Federal Army of the Potomac—are known on both sides of the lines during America’s Civil War as the fierce Black Hats of the Iron Brigade. This is the story of men of Wisconsin—hardy, independent, tough, willing to fight for nation and honor, but always determined to return (should they live through their terrors of battle and the onslaught of disease)—to the peaceful land from which they came. The story takes the reader into dusty camps, along on endless marches, and to the front of the assault columns during the main battles of the Civil War in the East. John Driscoll writes with the authority gained over more than fifty years in studying, writing about, and speaking about the Civil War. His sense of military operations and Civil War history is unimpeachable, his depiction of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of war convincing. Every reader with an interest in the Civil War will be captivated by this rousing story, as will anyone who loves a swift-moving and satisfying historical novel. (1995), 2006, 5½x8½, paper, 310 pp.