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Three Years in the Saddle is a diary of the Civil War service of Henry Campbell, a Montgomery County native and alumnus of Wabash College. Campbell’s father was, for several years, a Trustee of the institution. This diary came to Wabash following Campbell’s death in 1915.

 

The Henry Campbell diary, Three Years in the Saddle, is an important narrative of the Civil War covering, primarily, the activities of Eli Lilly’s 18th Indiana Battery. Lilly’s artillery was under the command of Colonel John T. Wilder, an innovative thinker who mounted his infantry and equipped his men with the Spencer Repeating Rifle. This brigade came to be known as “Wilder’s Lightning Brigade” and was highly effective in combat.

 

This digital version of Three Years in the Saddle is provided by Wabash College and Crawfordsville District Public Library in hopes of increasing its use in scholarly research while protecting the original documents from regular handling. 

 

 
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