Amusing and Odd Stories of the 74th
In the course of working on this website, myself and others have found amusing or odd stories that were shared amongst the 74th descendantís e-mail ring.† Well, some thought has been given to share those on this site as well.† None of these are meant to offend or upset!† If you happen to have another one to share let Rod know.
In the book The Sigel Regiment by James S.† Paula, there is a reference about a 74th
member in the diary of one of the 26th
This one comes from The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell - Sex in the Civil War by Thomas P.† Lowry.†† Fortunately, it is the only story about a 74th member in the book!† From the Blue with Oaths chapter,† dealing with cussing and the penalties to it had the following to note:
Ritter, whom the court described as a "good man when sober," was a
private with Company B of the 74th
The Private that would be an Emperor
One of the more amusing incidents so far is the Private, Fredík Fischer who changed his name later to Julius Caesar.† Now without a doubt this manís family would be great to find and learn more about the name change.† It is listed in two sites and you kind find those sources in the Reconstructed Muster list.
The following poem was published in a Boston paper in the Spring of 1865 when Gen. Sherman put Charleston under Gen. Schimmelfennigís control and quoted in Standard History of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania [Chicago: H.R. Cornell & Co., 1898] at page 587:
He grabs the traitors by the ear,
And brings them to their lager beer.
We wish we had a millon such men
As this bold, rebel-hating Dutchman.