One individual, Lieutenant D. L. Musselman, of Quincy, Illinois, purchased ten copies of the book. Four copies were purchased by Dr. Philip L. Dieffenbacher, David Sigley, James T. Seat, and Charles Morris. George E. Rider of Fort Smith, Arkansas, pre-ordered three copies. Most of the copies were ordered by residents of Illinois, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Indian Territories.
This book is so much more than just a list of names and recounts of battles. More than 176 pages list soldiers along with where they were born. One such example from page 355 is as follows:
The book is in PDF format; the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, or other PDF reader, is necessary to open the file. To locate this book online go to the American Libraries link for "History of the Eighty-fifth regiment, Illinois volunteer infantry." Acrobat has a search tool that will allow you to search for names, dates and places inside the document. You can also download it to your local computer so you don't need to be online to open it.
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