The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - History - 271 pages
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"Exciting and even moving, this book successfully personalizes the history of the Brigade's formative months and enriches our understanding of how these men felt and lived—and became distinguished soldiers." —Alan T. Nolan, author of The Iron Brigade and Lee Reconsidered

"A colorful and skillful record of the lives of the men in the ranks of a famous brigade, who served and saved the Union at a great sacrifice in a dark time." —Kirkus Reviews

"Well-written and researched... Excellent first-hand accounts of the brigade in action from letters, memoirs, diaries and other sources of the brigade members are included." —The Civil War Courier

"Sound research in unpublished materials allowed the author to impart a freshness to his descriptions of fighting at the Brawner Farm, South Mountain... and Antietam." —Civil War

No volunteers tramped with more innocent resolve on the drill fields of 1861 than the farmers, immigrants, shopkeepers, and "piney" camp boys who volunteered for the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin and the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry. The Men Stood Like Iron is the moving, often melancholy, story of how the backwoods "Calico boys" became soldiers of the celebrated "Iron Brigade."

 

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A history of four regiments of young, independent, feisty frontiersmen from Wisconsin and Indiana, who became a proud force fighting bravely and unwaveringly in bloody Civil War battles, and winning ... Read full review

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Herdegen (An Irishman in the Iron Brigade, Fordham Univ., 1993) provides here a history of the Iron Brigade, one of the most famous brigades in the Union Army. Consisting of regiments from Wisconsin ... Read full review

Contents

Marching Day and Night
11
Greenhorn Patriots
18
The Volunteer Army of 1861
26
The Fair Miss Peters
49
Massa Linkums Men
57
The Boss Soldier
64
Hindquarters in the Saddle
74
Come On God Damn You
87
We Have Got a General Now
133
The Iron Brigade of the West
143
Sharpsburg Maryland
154
Too Horrible to Behold
185
The Men Have Stood Like Iron
196
May God Bless Us
206
The Government Has Gone Mad
212
NOTES
219

Devil Take the Hindmost
105
The Army Ran Like Sheep
125

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About the author (2005)

Lance J. Herdegen is Director of the Institute for Civil War Studies at Carroll College. Herdegen has written for many national publications and is author of the award-winning In the Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg.

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