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The Men Stood Like Iron : How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

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Exciting and even moving, this book successfully personalizes the history of the Brigade's formative months and enriches our understanding of how these men felt and lived-and became distinguished soldiers." -Alan T. Nolan, author of The Iron Brigade and Lee ReconsideredA colorful and skillful record of the lives of the men in the ranks of a famous brigade, who served and saved the Union at a great sacrifice in a dark time." -Kirkus ReviewsWell-written and researched... Excellent first-hand accounts of the brigade in action from letters, memoirs, diaries and other sources of the brigade members are included." -The Civil War CourierSound research in unpublished materials allowed the author to impart a freshness to his descriptions of fighting at the Brawner Farm, South Mountain... and Antietam." -Civil WarNo volunteers tramped with more innocent resolve on the drill fields of 1861 than the farmers, immigrants, shopkeepers, and "piney" camp boys who volunteered for the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin and the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry. The Men Stood Like Iron is the moving, often melancholy, story of how the backwoods "Calico boys" became soldiers of the celebrated "Iron Brigade."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 22mm | 476.28g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w photos, 5 maps
  • 025321825X
  • 9780253218254

About Lance J. Herdegen

Lance J. Herdegen is Director of the Institute for Civil War Studies at Carroll College. Herdegen has written for many national publications and is author of the award-winning In the Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg.show more

Table of contents

List of Maps and IllustrationsIntroduction1. Gettysburg: July 4, 18632. Marching Day and Night3. Greenhorn Patriots4. The Volunteer Army of 18615. Alas, It Was a Dream6. Little Mac7. The Fair Miss Peters8. Massa Linkum's Men9. The Boss Soldier10. Hindquarters in the Saddle11. Come On, God Damn You!12. I Would Not Like to Hear it Again13. Devil Take the Hindmost14. The Little Colonel15. The Army Ran Like Sheep16. We Have Got a General Now17. The Iron Brigade of the West18. Sharpsburg, Maryland19. The Cornfield20. Give `Em Hell!21. Too Horrible to Behold22. The Men Have Stood Like Iron23. May God Bless Us24. The Government Has Gone MadNotesBibliographyIndexList of Maps and IllustrationsMaps1. Overview of the Maryland Campaign of 18622. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at Brawner's Farm3. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at South Mountain4. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at Antietam5. Sketch map of Antietam by Rufus Dawes from his JournalPhotographs1. General George McClellan2. General Irvin McDowell3. General Rufus King and staff4. General John Gibbon5. Rufus Dawes6. Mary B. Gates7. Edward S. Bragg8. Lysander Cutler9. Pvt. Charles Keeler10. Pvt. James P. Sullivan11. Edwin A. Brownshow more

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The research for this volume is thorough, which is reflected in the interesting material provided on the background of many of the characters introduced in the text. Vol. 38, 2008 * Military History of the West *show more

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