I wish I had found this article before my book was published. I was going through The Quiner Papers on my iPad and while looking through Vol. 2 I found a newspaper clipping that was apparently misplaced under the 8th Wisconsin Regiment. Anyway, the article was a breakdown of the data offered in the regiment’s “descriptive books,” which I have and broke down some of this data myself. Here’s what this Janesville Newspaper article came up with:
The Average weight of the regiment while at Camp Randall in 1861: 151 pounds. The heaviest being Company A at 157LBS.
The Average height: 5’8 1/2″. The tallest being Company B at 5′ 9 1/2″
The tallest man at 6’6″ tall and I meed to find out who that is I’m pretty sure I have it written down somewhere.
603 men listed themselves as “farmers” out of 1038, or 58%.
Another interesting piece of data, the Quartermaster at Camp Randall reported that during the previous 4 months he has but one soldier who could not read.
Anyway, that’s it!