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The Iron Brigade : A Military History

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I am immensely impressed... this particular Brigade needed a book of its own and now it has one which is definitely first-rate.... A fine book." -Bruce CattonOne of the `100 best books ever written on the Civil War.'" -Civil War Times Illustrated... remains one of the best unit histories of the Union Army during the Civil War." -Southern Historian... The Iron Brigade is the title for anyone desiring complete information on this military unit..." -Spring Creek Packet, Chuck Hamsa This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army, the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union-made up of troops from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 703.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Indiana Univ Pr.
  • 0253208637
  • 9780253208637
  • 944,880

About Alan T. Nolan

ALAN T. NOLAN was born in Indiana and is a lawyer in Indianapolis. He is the author of Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History.show more

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This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army. Originally called the 'Black Hat Brigade' because soldiers wore the army's regular dress black hat instead of the more typical blue cap, the Iron Brigade was the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union. The Western soldiers earned and justified the proud name Iron Brigade. And when the war was over, the records showed that it led all Federal brigades in percentage of deaths in battle. The North might well have lost the battle of Gettysburg if not for the Iron Brigade's famous stand.show more

Table of contents

Foreword to the 1994 Edition by Gary W. GallagherPrefaceWe Are Coming, Father Abraham"PrologueRally `Round the Flag, Boys"1. A Winter in Camp2. Fredericksburg: A New Commander Orders Black Hats3. John Pope's Army: An End to File Closing4. The Battle at Brawner Farm5. Second Bull Run6. South Mountain: The Iron Brigade Is Named7. Antietam8. Reorganization9. Return to Fredericksburg: The Tweny-fourth Michigan Earns the Black Hat10. Belle Plain: Winter Quarters and Hopefulness11. Chancellorsville and the March to Pennsylvania12. Gettysburg: The Last StandMine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord"EpilogueAppendicies1. The Iron Brigade Counties2. Commanders and Officers3. Bigraphical Note4. The Uniform of the Iron Brigade5. Source materials for the Battle of Brawner FarmNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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