Friends of the Wigwam

by John William Huelskamp

The Book

Friends of the Wigwam is a historical novel and love story about six young friends whose innocence is stripped from them seemingly overnight in the brutal setting of the American Civil War.

Meticulously researched and based on real-life people and true events, Friends of the Wigwam spans 1857-1865 and introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

From the true story of a young woman who successfully masqueraded as a man during the Civil War and was buried with full military honors to the often heart-wrenching letters home to wives and families and actual military correspondence between military leaders, author John William Huelskamp brings to life a volatile nation at war.

Celebrate each friend's successes and struggles on the battlefields, learn the story of those who led the battles, and meet a magnificent war-horse that is a steadfast survivor in the face of many tragedies.

Without at doubt, Friends of the Wigwam is one of the most moving Civil War novels you will ever read.

*** A WGN Emmy Award nominee news video on this fascinating Civil War novel can be viewed at***

A Reader's Opinion 

A fascinating depiction of Civil War history molded into a novel, Friends of the Wigwam spans the years before, during, and immediately following the Civil War. Real letters, diary entries, and historical figures are meticulously woven into the story until fact and fiction become one.


The author's description of events are vivid and realistic. With the help of six friends, the author brings both the history and the struggles of the characters to life without sacrificing the chronicle of true events.


It's apparent the author knows his history and has done his research, and though this book is described as a love story, I wouldn't consider it such. While the writing style of the dialogue was not to my taste, it is a book worth reading for those who enjoy stories of the Civil War and historical works in general.


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Reviewed By: Kathy McClintock