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Iron Brigade : A Military History - Alan T. Nolan

Iron Brigade

A Military History

Paperback Published: 22nd February 1994
ISBN: 9780253208637
Number Of Pages: 432

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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 brigade was initially made up of the 2nd, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin and the 19th Indiana Volunteers; later it was reinforced by the 24th Michigan Volunteers. Battery B of the 4th U.S. Artillery, consisting in large part of infantry detached from the brigade, was closely associated with it. It was at Brawner Farm in Northern Virginia, on August 28, 1862 that the brigade saw its first significant action. From that time forward - at Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg - 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. Nolan also includes in his account observations on some of the major figures of the War - such as Abraham Lincoln and Generals Grant, McClellan, Hancock, and Doubleday - as they were viewed by members of the Iron Brigade. Read this book and you will understand what one officer meant when he wrote: .".. the great Western or Iron Brigade... looking like giants with their tall black hats... and giants they were, in action."

A detailed, presumably accurate account of one of the Union Army's most famous infantry brigades brings to life more Civil War history as the Centennial begins. The "Iron Brigade" was actually a group of Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana volunteer infantry companies which fought valiantly through the mid years of the War. Starting with its early training and first battle skirmishes, the book breaks out into solid action as the Brigade earns the name of "Iron" - -plus the black hats of the Army of the Potomac - at Manassas, Brawners Farm, and later, South Mountain. Much detail too is given to the later bloody actions at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. At the end the Brigade, driven on by General John Gibbon, had earned not only glory, but the highest casualty rate of any Federal brigade in the War. Too much attention to minor detail, too much local history and enumeration of officers and men, however, tend to dull the overall result. Fine reading for Civil War buffs, or descendants of Iron Brigade veterans, but perhaps too undramatic and unfocused for a very wide audience. (Kirkus Reviews)

Foreword to the 1994 Edition by Gary W. Gallagher Preface OWe Are Coming, Father AbrahamO Prologue ORally ORound the Flag, BoysO 1. A Winter in Camp 2. Fredericksburg: A New Commander Orders Black Hats 3. John PopeOs Army: An End to File Closing 4. The Battle at Brawner Farm 5. Second Bull Run 6. South Mountain: The Iron Brigade Is Named 7. Antietam 8. Reorganization 9. Return to Fredericksburg: The Tweny-fourth Michigan Earns the Black Hat 10. Belle Plain: Winter Quarters and Hopefulness 11. Chancellorsville and the March to Pennsylvania 12. Gettysburg: The Last Stand OMine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the LordO Epilogue Appendicies 1. The Iron Brigade Counties 2. Commanders and Officers 3. Bigraphical Note 4. The Uniform of the Iron Brigade 5. Source materials for the Battle of Brawner Farm Notes Selected Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780253208637
ISBN-10: 0253208637
Series: Great Lakes Connections: The Civil War
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd February 1994
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.79