Summer 1862. President Abraham Lincoln has called for 300,000 new volunteers to suppress the year-old rebellion of eleven southern states; the town of Newburgh, Indiana, has been captured by a band of the Rebel soldiers; and Kentucky has been invaded by the Confederate Army. These events compel an unassuming Hoosier farmer, along with many of his relatives and neighbors from Pike County, Indiana, to enlist in the Union Army.
       For the next three years, Albert Pancake serves in Company H of the 80th Indiana Infantry Regiment and grapples against the elements and the enemy in the American Civil War. His regiment experiences near destruction at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky; participates in the capture of East Tennessee; is part of Sherman's campaign on Atlanta; plays a pivotal role in the gruesome slaughter at Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee; and is part of the successful Carolina campaign in 1865. Every step of the way, Albert faithfully writes home about his experiences as a 19th century combat soldier fighting for American Union and human emancipation.
       Albert Pancake, a 20-year-old country farmer of modest education, writes the first letters of his life to his father, brother, and sweetheart while fighting his way through the battlefields of Dixie. With plain-spoken humor and straight-forward practicality, Albert shares his combat experiences, his homesick longing for family, the rumor-filled politics and banality of camp life, and even the death of his cousin.
       I will be publishing some of these letters on this website in advance of my upcoming book on the letters of Sergeant Albert Pancake.

       If you have a family member that served with the 80th Indiana Infantry and you wish to share a picture or a document for inclusion in this upcoming book please contact me here.
       I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Pancake family for sharing these rare and treasured letters with me. They have agreed to share these letters with me so that I may share them with you. I would like to thank Tad Berlin, Silva Jones, Godfrey Collins, Terry Pancake, Aasta Carver, and others for this privilege.