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.