A Brotherhood of Valor: The Common Soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A.

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Simon & Schuster, 1999 - History - 413 pages
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"If I had to recommend just one biography of a Confederate military figure, this would be it", said Stephen B. Oates of Jeffry Wert's General James Longstreet. And of Wert's Mosby's Rangers, Stephen Sears said: "No Confederate warrior band was more celebrated, and no one has told the Rangers' story as well as Jeffry Wert". Once again, in A Brotherhood of Valor, Wert delivers fresh insights with the vividness and authenticity that are his hallmark.

Bringing to the Civil War a perspective from which it has seldom been seen, Wert delivers a dual portrait of two great fighting units, the Confederate Stonewall Brigade, and the Union Iron Brigade, who faced each other at Manassas (Bull Run), Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg (Antietam), Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg -- the most celebrated battles of the war.

We learn about the drama of battle from the viewpoint of the foot soldiers -- working men and farmers, mostly -- who answered the call to arms and joined their respective armies. From their letters home, we hear about grueling marches in rain and snow, sometimes in bare feet; sleeping on the ground without so much as a blanket; eating dried bread and little else for days on end; and, of course, the terror of watching comrades killed in battle. The details of their day-to-day lives bring an immediacy to the Civil War unmatched by any other source.

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Just couldn't get into it. Didn't seem like anything new, except for the surprising number of desertions in the Stonewall Brigade. Read full review

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Jeffrey D. Wert is the author of eight previous books on Civil War topics, most recently "Cavalryman of the Lost Cause "and "The Sword of Lincoln". His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including" Civil War Times Illustrated", "American History Illustrated", and "Blue and Gray". A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, slightly more than one hour from the battlefield at Gettysburg.

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