Westerners in Gray: The Men and Missions of the Elite Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment

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McFarland, Feb 1, 1995 - History - 341 pages
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Few infantry regiments in the Civil War compiled a more distinguished record than the Fifth Missouri. The unique blending of fiery Irish Confederates from St. Louis with rural pro-Southern Missourians forged an unshakable esprit de corps, making the unit the crack infantry regiment in the western sector. Most of Colonel James C. McCown's troops were young men in their 20s, and their good health and physical conditioning allowed them to carry out their "shock" missions throughout the region. From the perspective of the common soldiers and the unit's leaders the activities and battles of the Fifth Missouri are recounted here.
  

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Contents

Iuka Becomes a Deadly Trap
49
Storming the Fortifications of Corinth
63
Lull Before the Storm
93
Drumbeats in the Canebrakes of Port Gibson
121
Almost Winning It All at Champion Hill
161
Disaster at Big Black River
205
Epilogue
253
Bibliography
311
Index
325
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Phillip Thomas Tucker is a former Department of Defense historian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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