The 124th New York State Volunteers in the Civil War: A History and Roster

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McFarland, Oct 5, 2012 - History - 406 pages
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The 124th New York State Volunteers was one of the great fighting regiments of the Civil War. In this thorough history, the author has used letters, diary entries, and remembrances, many of them previously unpublished, to present a view of the war as the men in the ranks saw it. At Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Petersburg, and many more battles, the "Orange Blossoms" earned a reputation for sacrifice and bravery, eloquently put into words by Private Henry Howell. As he lay wounded, he described the charge that broke the Confederate line at Spotsylvania--"everyone was borne irresistibly forward. There was no such thing as fail." The book includes a roster of all who served in the regiment and numerous photos of individuals.
 

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Contents

Preface
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1 But alas our Country calls July 1 September 6 1862
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2 To learn us our duty September 6October 16 1862
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3 The Romance of the thing is all gone and the sad Realities of Ware Begin to Aper October 16December 17 1862
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4 Who would be a soldier? December 18 1862April 25 1863
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5 Our men fought like tigers April 26May 4 1863
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6 We done our duty May 5 June 14 1863
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7 Wee Will Whip the Rebels yet June 10July 1 1863
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11 I am spared to enjoy the pleasure of life another winter in my log cabin December 3 1863May 1 1864
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12 All at once we heard that cussed Rebel yell May 36 1864
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13 There was no such thing as fail May 712 1864
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14 I think that we will whip them very bad with the help of God May 13June 14 1864
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15 I think Grant is going to wind the thing up Petersburg to Appomattox June 14 1864April 9 1865
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Epilogue This Regiment of Heroes
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Regimental Roster
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Chapter Notes
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8 We stood there like veterans without giving an inch July 25 1863
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9 Tell them my voice is still for war July 4October 10 1863
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10 The poor boys have suffered as I could not describe to you October 10December 3 1863
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Bibliography
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Index
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Charles J. LaRocca is a retired high school and college level history teacher who founded a student research and reenactment group based on the 124th New York (named by the State of New York "An Historic Military Command," the only Civil War group so designated). He has published articles and two books and lives in Montgomery, New York.

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