A Brotherhood of Valor: The Common Soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A.
Simon & Schuster
, 1999 - History
- 413 pages
"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 d