On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade

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Indiana University Press, 1996 - History - 499 pages

. . . an excellent unit history of a renowned regiment . . . --The Civil War News

. . . American history on a human scale . . . --Kirkus Reviews

The author gives some of the best descriptions of the daily life of a Civil War soldier that can be found anywhere. --Library Journal

On Many a Bloody Field is a masterpiece of Civil War scholarship and painstaking historical research. --The Bookwatch

. . . meticulously researched, day-by-day history of Company B, 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment. . . . [T]he real essence of this book is its detailed attention to the common soldiers. . . . [A]s a representative of its genre, it probably is without many peers. --Journal of Southern History

On Many a Bloody Field follows one of the Civil War's most famous combat organizations--Company B, 19th Indiana Volunteers of the Iron Brigade, in a vivid account of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Alan Gaff follows the men from recruitment through mustering out, from the tedium of camp to the excitement of battle. A close-up view of the experience of war, told from the soldiers' perspective, often in the words of the men themselves.

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ON MANY A BLOODY FIELD: Four Years in the Iron Brigade

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An immensely affecting evocation of the military experience during the Civil War, which tracks a small band of Union soldiers over the entire course of the belligerency. Drawing on personal papers ... Read full review

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In this exhaustive study of one of the Civil War's most famous combat organizations (Company B, 19th Indiana Volunteers of the Iron Brigade), Gaff (If This Is War, Morningside, 1991) follows Company B ... Read full review

Contents

Richmond City Greys
1
William W Dudley
4
Camp Morton
11
Lindley
15
Solomon Meredith
22
Camp Kalorama
32
Affair at Lewinsville
47
Indiana Hospital
63
North Again
240
Gettysburg
255
Battleflag of the 19th Indiana Carried at Gettysburg
262
Last Stand
266
William O Williams
275
Back to Virginia
280
Along the Rapidan
289
The Veteran Question
301

Arlington Heights
82
Thomas Jefferson Crull
89
Headquarters Guard
91
Winter Camp
99
Spring Advance
113
Arrival of Gibbon
122
The Legging Mutiny
130
Campaigning under Pope
139
Brawner Farm
151
Aftermath
167
Battles in Maryland
176
George H Richardson
182
Company Cs Thomas Kirby and Henry Kirby
188
The Iron Brigade
191
South to Fredericksburg
199
Huff
204
Valley Forge
214
Fitzhugh Crossing
226
Veteran Furlough
314
Arrival of Grant
323
Officers of the 19th Indiana
324
Into the Wilderness
336
Grants Campaign
347
Nadir at Petersburg
358
Weldon Railroad
369
Betrayal
380
20th Indiana
390
The Last Winter
403
Appomattox
412
Peace
419
Home
424
Roster of Company B 19th Indiana Volunteers
427
Notes
437
Bibliography
472
Index
485
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ALAN D. GAFF is the author of Brave Men's Tears: The Iron Brigade at the Battle of Brawner Farm and If This Is War: A History of the Campaign of Bull Run by the Wisconsin Regiment Thereafter Known as the Ragged Ass Second, and the editor (with Maureen Gaff) of Adventures on the Western Frontier by Major General John Gibbon.

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