In the Very Thickest of the Fight

The Civil War Service Of The 78Th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Book Description

The 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment took the field under command of a lackadaisical colonel who was frequently absent and feuded with his own officers and superiors.  Distrusted by senior officers, the 78th became a regiment that was always left behind—until its own officers forced their reluctant colonel to resign.  His replacement was a forceful leader who turned the regiment into a crack fighting outfit that performed heroically in the battle of Chickamauga and many of the great battles of the Atlanta campaign.  It later joined Sherman’s March to the Sea and fought its way out of the tangled swamps of Bentonville in one of the war’s last battles.  Its story is told here mostly in the words of its soldiers through letters, diaries and other sources, many never before accessed by historians.  This book sheds new light on many important incidents and battles in the Civil War’s Western Theater.

About Raymond, Steve


Steve Raymond, a retired newspaper editor, is author of nine previous books.  A member of the Civil War Trust and Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable, he also reviews books on history for the Seattle Times and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.  He and his wife, Joan, live on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.