Michael H. Fitch's Echoes of the Civil War as I hear them
Fitch, Michael Hendrick, b. 1837
Lt. Col. Michael H. Fitch (1837-1930) of the 21st Infantry was a Milwaukee attorney when he enlisted in 1861. He wrote this 370-page memoir in 1905 to record his experiences. Fitch participated in all the major engagements in the West, including the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga and the Atlanta Campaign. He commanded his regiment during Shermanâ€™s March to the Sea and was leading it north when the war ended. He describes not only battles but also malaria and pneumonia, Menominee Indian soldiers, media influence on the war, language problems between English speaking and non-English speaking soldiers, and details of camp life. After the war Fitch became a successful banker in Colorado, where he died in 1930.