Thomas Venner’s book, The 7th Tennessee Infantry in the Civil War has been honored by an historical organization in Wisconsin.

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Tom Mueller

Tom Mueller, commander of the Milwaukee camp of Sons of Union Volunteers kneels beside the grave of Milton Mathews and Thomas Venner’s book, The 7th Tennessee Infantry.

The Milwaukee camp of Sons of Union Volunteers, led by Tom Mueller, conducted a remembrance ceremony on April 2, 2015, exactly 150 years after the Federal breakthrough of the Confederate lines at Petersburg. The 7th Tennessee, by now a battered and understrength regiment, resolutely struggled to resist the Union assault but was eventually overwhelmed by the massive tide of Northern soldiers.

In a moving ceremony at Milwaukee’s Wood National Cemetery, Mueller’s organization honored Cpl. Milton Mathews (61st PA Inf.) by reading passages from Thomas Venner’s book near this Federal soldier’s gravestone. Thomas Venner’s The 7th Tennessee Infantry detailed the final moments of fighting among the Petersburg trenches, and Cpl. Mathews’ actions against the Tennesseans which earned him the Medal of Honor—Mathews captured the 7th Tennessee’s battle flag. The Sons of Union Volunteers placed a picture of the 7th Tennessee’s colors, as well as resting Venner’s book against Mathews’ gravestone; between 8:30 and 9:00 AM; the exact time 150 years after the Northern veteran’s bravery earned him the Medal of Honor.


For a complete description of the ceremony, view:

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