The Men Stood Like Iron

The Men Stood Like Iron

How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name
Lance J. Herdegen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/21/2005
Format: Paperback 12 b&w photos, 5 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-21825-4
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... highly polished and readable." — The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)

Well-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 Courier

Sound research in unpublished materials allowed the author to impart a freshness to his descriptions of fighting at the Brawner Farm, South Mountain...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 War

Well-researched, clearly argued, and movingly written, the book is recommended for anyone interested in the human dimension of the Civil War." —Choice

... this excellent addition to the ever-growing research on the Civil War is a good choice for history buffs and researchers." —Library Journal

A 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 Reviews

The author... draws on numerous first-hand accounts and sketches a history that almost reads like a novel." —Indianapolis Star

More than an account of the brigade’s forgotten heroism, the book explores soldiers’ views on the war, their generals and the troubling issue of slavery." —"Pioneer"

It is a ‘must’ for any aficionado of the Iron Brigade, and worth having for general reading about the life of a Civil War solider." —The Skirmish Line

No 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 an "Iron Brigade," a unit so celebrated that General George McClellan called it "equal to the best troops in any army in the world."

Author Bio

Lance J. Herdegen is Director of the Institute for Civil War Studies at Carroll College. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Reviews

““Well-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 —The Civil War Courier “Sound research in unpublished materials allowed the author to impart a freshness to his descriptions of fighting at the Brawner Farm, South Mountain .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 War No 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.””

““ . . . highly polished and readable.” — The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) “Well-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 Courier “Sound 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 War “Well-researched, clearly argued, and movingly written, the book is recommended for anyone interested in the human dimension of the Civil War.” —Choice “. . . this excellent addition to the ever-growing research on the Civil War is a good choice for history buffs and researchers.” —Library Journal “A 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 Reviews “The author . . . draws on numerous first-hand accounts and sketches a history that almost reads like a novel.” —Indianapolis Star “More than an account of the brigade’s forgotten heroism, the book explores soldiers’ views on the war, their generals and the troubling issue of slavery.” —“Pioneer” “It is a ‘must’ for any aficionado of the Iron Brigade, and worth having for general reading about the life of a Civil War solider.” —The Skirmish Line No 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 an “Iron Brigade,” a unit so celebrated that General George McClellan called it “equal to the best troops in any army in the world.””

“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

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction
1. Gettysburg: July 4, 1863
2. Marching Day and Night
3. Greenhorn Patriots
4. The Volunteer Army of 1861
5. Alas, It Was a Dream
6. Little Mac
7. The Fair Miss Peters
8. Massa Linkum’s Men
9. The Boss Soldier
10. Hindquarters in the Saddle
11. Come On, God Damn You!
12. I Would Not Like to Hear it Again
13. Devil Take the Hindmost
14. The Little Colonel
15. The Army Ran Like Sheep
16. We Have Got a General Now
17. The Iron Brigade of the West
18. Sharpsburg, Maryland
19. The Cornfield
20. Give ‘Em Hell!
21. Too Horrible to Behold
22. The Men Have Stood Like Iron
23. May God Bless Us
24. The Government Has Gone Mad
Notes
Bibliography
Index

List of Maps and Illustrations
Maps
1. Overview of the Maryland Campaign of 1862
2. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at Brawner’s Farm
3. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at South Mountain
4. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at Antietam
5. Sketch map of Antietam by Rufus Dawes from his Journal

Photographs

1. General George McClellan
2. General Irvin McDowell
3. General Rufus King and staff
4. General John Gibbon
5. Rufus Dawes
6. Mary B. Gates
7. Edward S. Bragg
8. Lysander Cutler
9. Pvt. Charles Keeler
10. Pvt. James P. Sullivan
11. Edwin A. Brown