Col. William B. Hazen (right), commander of the 41st Ohio, is widely regarded as a tough, demanding commander, one who practically ran his regiment ragged while it was in basic training and who continues to require his officers to attend class in military tactics, during which they are graded.
And yet Hazen is really a hard-nosed pragmatist, doing nothing without a reason, whether anybody else likes it or not. Having seen fighting in the Indian wars, Hazen understands the importance of good training and wants his men to be ready for battle. (Eventually, the men of the 41st will come to understand the value of their training.) And, when Hazen sees how sick many of his men are in their new camp,
As he will tell it after the war:
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“Whenever possible I sent the sick at once to their homes, and in so doing while violating the orders of the camp, I saved many lives; and now, when I go home, some one almost invariably relates how his life was saved by removal from Camp Wickliffe in the night, when no knew it.
By the end of the war, two out of every three deaths of both
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