Friendly Fire in the Civil War: More Than 100 True Stories of Comrade Killing Comrade (Google eBook)

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Apr 12, 1999 - History - 240 pages
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More than 100 true stories of comrade killing comrade:

  • defective ammunition
  • accidental shootings
  • blinding smoke
  • deliberate fire upon comrade
  • mistaken uniforms
  • inexperienced troops
  • unknown passwords

On May 2, 1863, Stonewall Jackson was on the verge of the greatest victory of his career. Shortly before 10 P.M. he rode through the woods near Chancellorsville, Virginia, to find where the Federals had established their line. As he returned, his own men, in the noise and confusion, opened fire, woulding Jackson several times. One of the Civil War's first heroes died eight days later.

Stonewall Jackson's death is but one example of Confederate killing Confederate or Yankee killing Yankee. No war was as intense and chaotic as the American Civil War. Author Webb Garrison has brought together Jackson's story and 150 other instances of friendly fire in this unique book that strips away the romanticism of the Civil War.

"[With] night setting in, it was difficult to distinguish friend from foe. Several of our own command were killed by our own friends." ?Ambrose Wright at Malvern Hill

"I thought it better to kill a Union man or two than to lose the effect of my moral suasion." ?Union Officer Louis M. Goldsborough

"Whilst in this position my regiment was shelled by our own artillery. The officer in command should be made to pay the penalty for this criminal conduct." ?Confederate Col. Edward Willis, speaking of a battle at Gettysburg

"Seemingly not content with the speed that the enemy were slaughtering us, one of our own batteries commenced a heavy and destructive fire on us." ?Union Maj. Thomas S. Tate, speaking of Tupelo, Mississippi

  

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An exceptionally good collection of records/references of events and happenings leading to instances of friendly fire during the American Civil war. Tragedies and dark humor abound. Read full review

Contents

Friendly Fire from Two Directions
A Most Murderous Fire
Death from the River
16 CoverUp
TwentyFive Misadventures18611862
Friends Keep Killing Friends1863
23 Hotchkiss Shells
25 Fire Gun Number One
Two Acres of Hell
28 The Immortal 600
Conclusion yictory Is the Name of the Game
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About the author (1999)

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including "Civil War Curiosities" and "Civil War Trivia and Fact Book". Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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