The Wyoming State Historical Society recently awarded lake area author Lee Cullimore’s book “The Boys of Company K: Ohio Cavalry Soldiers in the West during the Civil War” first place in the Publications Non-Fiction category. The awards committee, chaired by Lynn Houze of Cody, Wyo. made their final selection from several nominations.
The book, published by High Plains Press, tells the story of the soldiers of Company K of the Eleventh Ohio Volunteers who signed up to fight in the Civil War but instead were sent to Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory. Cullimore’s book is about these boys, the common soldiers, who guarded telegraph lines and trails, built and manned remote forts, and endured the extremes of Wyoming’s weather. It also tells the story of Lt. Caspar Collins who was a member of this company and was killed in the Battle of Platte Bridge in 1865.
“Company K played a very important role in Wyoming’s military history,” Houze said.
Cullimore, a Lake Ozark native, recently retired after 35 years of working as a writer, editor, and publisher of special interest magazines, mostly in the outdoor recreation and natural history field. He now combines his training and experience as a researcher and journalist with a lifelong interest in American history to write books on nineteenth century expansionist period.
Each year the Society recognizes citizens and groups around the nation for their contributions to Wyoming’s history. For more information about the Wyoming State Historical Society and its programs call 307-322-3014 or visit www.wyshs.org.