Yankee Tigers II
Civil War Field Correspondence from the Tiger Regiment of Ohio
Edited by Richard A. Baumgartner
An illustrated collection of letters covering the 1863-1865 service of the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Featuring excerpts from the previously unpublished diary of Colonel Emerson Opdycke.
The 125th Ohio was among the most celebrated fighting regiments raised in the Buckeye State during the Civil War. It earned the nickname "Ohio Tigers" in the bloody battle of Chickamauga, and solidified its reputation in the war's western theater at Missionary Ridge, Dandridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain (where the 125th lost nearly a quarter of its effective strength), Peachtree Creek, Jonesboro, Franklin and Nashville.
On November 30, 1864 at Franklin, Tenn., the "Ohio Tigers" and their brigade charged headlong from a reserve position to plug a breach in the Union line. "I ... never felt the effects of exertion in battle half as much as on that occasion," confided Colonel Opdycke, but his regiment and brigade were credited by many with saving the day. One of Opdycke's aides wrote: "The motto of the 125th is 'A glorious victory or an honorable grave,' and it is a common saying here in the 4th Corps that where 'Opdycke's Tigers' cannot go, no other troops need try."
A compilation of letters written by nine different regimental members, Yankee Tigers II is illustrated with 57 photographs (many never before published) and ably edited by historian Richard A. Baumgartner, author of Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg. It is a companion piece to Yankee Tigers: Through the Civil War with the 125th Ohio, published by Blue Acorn Press in 1992.
Softcover, 295 pages, 57 wartime photographs, notes, appendix, bibliography & index. ISBN 1-885033-32-X