Monthly Archives: July 2002

How Do Ya Like Dem Apples?

By Jeffrey S. Diehl

Copyright 2002, All Rights Reserved

Most of us have perused soldier’s letters and diaries and other primary historical documents in an effort to improve our impression and to hone our first person skills. Certain details usually catch our attention: of nighttime marches in the rain and being so tired that one tends to fall asleep standing in column at the halt; of being without water and being so thirsty as to drink from a muddy hoof print; of long stints at picket in cold or wet weather without relief; and of almost constantly foraging a hostile countryside for food. In this latter category, there are numerous references to apples.  E.F.Ware, a private in Co.”E,” First Iowa Infantry, wrote, “I had a tough night of it, owing to my chewing so many sour green apples in the orchard while on guard.[1]  Major Fredrick C. Winkler, of the predominantly German 26th Wisconsin, wrote home on June 4th,  1864, and reported:

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