On Many a Bloody Field

On Many a Bloody Field

Four Years in the Iron Brigade
Gaff, Alan
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/1999
Format: Paperback 25 b&w photos, 5 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-21294-8
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A Selection of the History Book Club

... 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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Table of Contents

A Note on Quoted Material

1. Richmond City Greys
2. Camp Morton
3. Camp Kalorama
4. Affair at Lewinsville
5. Indiana Hospital
6. Arlington Heights
7. Headquarters Guard
8. Winter Camp
9. Spring Advance
10. Arrival of Gibbon
11. The Legging Mutiny
12. Campaigning under Pope
13. Brawner Farm
14. Aftermath
15. Battles in Maryland
16. The Iron Brigade
17. South to Fredericksburg
18. Valley Forge
19. Fitzhugh Crossing
20. North Again
21. Gettysburg
22. Last Stand
23. Back to Virginia
24. Along the Rapidan
25. The Veteran Question
26. Veteran Furlough
27. Arrival of Grant
28. Into the Wilderness
29. Grant's Campaign
30. Nadir at Petersburg
31. Weldon Railroad
32. Betrayal
33. 20th Indiana
34. The Last Winter
35. Appomattox
36. Peace

Epilogue: Home
Roster of Company B, 19th Indiana Volunteers