McFarland Civil War Book of the Week: Colonels in Blue: Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia

Colonels in Blue: Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia

Author: Roger D. Hunt

TOCWOC’s Take:
Colonels in Blue: Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia is the fourth volume (with McFarland the third publisher!) in Roger D. Hunt’s invaluable research series covering Union colonels of the Civil War. Hunt aims to collect as much information on each Federal colonel as possible, including photographs and other images. The following format is typically used for each man, with headings not applicable to a given soldier omitted for his particular entry:

  • Name
  • Rank, Unit and Service History
  • Born
  • Died
  • Other Wars
  • Education
  • Occupation
  • Offices/Honors
  • Miscellaneous
  • Buried
  • References

This volume is a worthy addition to the series as a whole, though the paperback-only availability may mean some collectors/researchers may wish to buy two copies.  The other three volumes were hardcover, though the first two covering the New England states and New York are of more solid construction than the third covering the mid-Atlantic states.  Civil War researchers and writers whose topics include Union colonels covering these three states will want to own this book.  McFarland typically charges exorbitant prices for paperback books, though this is one book where the price is fully worth what you get in return.  In his review of Colonels in Blue, Drew Wagenhoffer makes the valid point that these colonels commanded regiments from the three states in question, but did not necessarily hail from these states.  Keep this in mind if you want to purchase this book to look for specific individuals.

Book Info from McFarland Web Site:

About the Book

This biographical dictionary catalogs the Union army colonels who commanded regiments from Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. Entries are arranged first by state and then by regiment, and include full biographical information concentrating on each colonel’s military service. Many of the colonels covered herein never rose above that rank and have therefore received very little scholarly attention prior to this work.

About the Author

Roger D. Hunt, a retired software engineer, has published works on Union colonels from the New England states, New York, and Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. He lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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Buy the Book Online

ISBN: 978-0-7864-6155-4

Publisher: McFarland & Company (

Release Date: March 25, 2o11

Price: $39.95

Order Line: 800-253-2187

Other Info: 304 photos, bibliography, index 228pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2011

Note: The book reviewed here was received gratis by the reviewer.


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