The series premiered in 1968.
series takes place during the American Civil War (1861-1865),
but it is a humorous series despite the serious main
subject. We follow the two North State officers, Sergeant
Cornélius M. Chesterfield and Corporal Blutch, who are
fighting their own battle within the war. Chesterfield is
a devoted career soldier, while Blutch is the reluctant,
laid-back type. Although the two antagonists often fight
each other, they also manage to produce heroic wartime
results from time to time.
Military experts find the stories to be quite correct in most respects. One exception is Chesterfield's rank as a sergeant despite the fact that he is wearing the insignia of a sergeant major (illustrated by the half-circles attached to his stripes), but this was done deliberately in order not to make it graphically harder to confuse his rank with that of Blutch's. The latter carries two stripes, but a sergeant carries three.