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Copyright 2011 Linda Zimmermann

ISBN: 978-0-9799002-8-0


Eagle Press Printing 1998

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Introduction

William H. Busby was born in Vienna, Ohio, to a family of English decent. His ancestors had fought in the Revolutionary War, and when the Civil War began, young Busbey quickly left school to enlist. He joined the 1st Kentucky Regiment of Volunteer Infantry at Springfield, Ohio. In addition to his regular duties, he also acted as a correspondent for several newspapers, reporting a soldier’s-eye view of the war. Although seriously wounded at the Battle of Stones River, which left him with permanent disabilities, he continued with his regiment until his enlistment was up.

After the war, his writing skills secured him a position as private secretary to Ohio Governor Cox (former Union general), as well as to Governor Rutherford B. Hayes (former Union general and future president). Busbey then spent the next thirty years as a journalist. While writing on many subjects, some of his best work was contained in Chicago’s Inter Ocean newspaper. His weekly column, Curbstone Crayons, contained wonderful stories of “Anecdotes, Adventures, and Experiences of Soldiers in the War for the Union.”

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