Colonel Edward E. Cross, New Hampshire Fighting Fifth: A Civil War Biography

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McFarland, Nov 26, 2012 - History - 230 pages
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Edward Ephraim Cross (1832-1863) accomplished more in his short lifetime years than most men who live to be 100. By the eve of the Civil War, he had traveled from Cincinnati to Arizona working as a political reporter, travel writer, editor, trail hand, silver mine supervisor, and Indian fighter. In the summer of 1861, he became colonel of the Fighting Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers and gained fame as a fearless battlefield commander during action at Fair Oaks, Antietam, Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville before being mortally wounded at Gettysburg. However, behind this great soldier lay a flawed man, an alcoholic with a short temper who fought a constant battle with words against immigrants, abolitionists, and others with whom he disagreed. This detailed biography presents a full portrait of this controversial and little-known figure, filling a critical gap in the literature of the northern Civil War experience.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Mike Pride
1
Preface
5
An Eagle Is Born
9
Restless Wanderer
23
American Party Reporter
35
Tubac
48
Mexico
66
At once entered upon my duty
72
Maryes Heights
116
A Star
127
Hookers Campaign
137
The Wheat field
148
The boys will miss me
162
The Young Volunteers
181
Chapter Notes
193
Bibliography
207

Baptism
87
The Fighting Fifth
100

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The author of six books on American military history, Robert Grandchamp lives in Essex, Vermont, where he works as an analyst with the government.

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