William Best Hesseltine Award 2004-05 Winner Announced
Our readers have chosen: the 39th annual William
Best Hesseltine Award goes to Russell Horton for his
Volume 88, Winter 2004-05 article, "Unwanted in a
White Man's War: The Civil War Service of the Green Bay Tribes."
Horton, an Oshkosh native, received his bachelor's
degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
and his master's degrees
in library science and history from UW-Milwaukee. He
now works as an archivist at the Wisconsin Veteran's
Museum in Madison.
"Unwanted in a White Man's War: The Civil War Service of the Green
Bay Tribes" tells the story of several Civil War volunteers
from the "Green Bay Tribes" of Wisconsin (Oneida,
Stockbridge-Munsee, and Menominee nations).
The author addresses an interesting
historical question: why would the men of these tribes
volunteer to fight for a country that segregated them
onto reservations, based their interactions on suspicion and
and rejected their service until late in the war? Horton deftly
the background political situations to explain the several possible
explanations, exhibiting excellent historical research
and great sensitivity for these forgotten heroes. Access our online
archives of the Wisconsin Magazine of History in order to read the article
Established in memory of a past president of the Wisconsin Historical Society and a distinguished University of Wisconsin professor, the William Best Hesseltine Award honors an individual article that appears in a four-issue volume of the Wisconsin Magazine of History. WMH readers have chosen the award winners since 2002.