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The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War

Author: Martin N Bertera; Kim Crawford
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2010.
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From the Publisher: This fascinating narrative tells the story of a remarkable regiment at the center of Civil War history. The real-life adventure emerges from accounts of scores of soldiers who served in the 4th Michigan Infantry, gleaned from their diaries, letters, and memoirs; the reports of their officers and commanders; the stories by journalists who covered them; and the recollections of the Confederates who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bertera, Martin N.
4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War.
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)747305710
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin N Bertera; Kim Crawford
ISBN: 9780870139734 0870139738
OCLC Number: 504277282
Description: x, 412 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
1: We will strive to do our duty as American soldiers --
2: Loss is great, the confusion greater --
3: McClellan moves slow but sure --
4: We shall go into the storm of battle with brave hearts --
5: Whirlwind of bullets, yells, and shrieks --
6: At it we went tooth and nail --
7: Sight was horrible and one I hope I never see again --
8: Three cheers for Colonel Jeffords --
9: Christ how the canister flew --
10: They were soon on all sides of us --
11: We have seen a pretty hard campaign --
12: They say let the war go on --
13: I am well but don't know how long --
14: Regiment is in a bad situation at present --
15: We have broke the backbone of the rebellion --
16: I saw passing a great army --
Roster of the 4th Michigan Infantry regiment --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Martin N. Bertera and Kim Crawford.
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From the Publisher: This fascinating narrative tells the story of a remarkable regiment at the center of Civil War history. The real-life adventure emerges from accounts of scores of soldiers who served in the 4th Michigan Infantry, gleaned from their diaries, letters, and memoirs; the reports of their officers and commanders; the stories by journalists who covered them; and the recollections of the Confederates who fought against them. The book includes tales of life in camp, portraying the Michigan soldiers as everyday people-recounting their practical jokes, illnesses, political views, personality conflicts, comradeship, and courage. The book also tells the true story of what happened to Colonel Harrison Jeffords and the 4th Michigan when the regiment marched into John Rose's wheat field on a sweltering early July evening at Gettysburg. Beyond the myths and romanticized newspaper stories, this account presents the historical evidence of Jeffords's heroic, yet tragic, hand-to-hand struggle for his regiment's U.S. flag. After men from the regiment witness the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, they expect to return home. But as the book reveals, to their dismay they are kept in service and assigned to Texas for a one-year stint that seems interminable.

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