History of the 72d Indiana Volunteer Infantry of the Mounted Lightning Brigade...: Especially Devoted to Giving the Reader a Definite Knowledge of the Service of the Common Soldier. With an Appendix Containing Complete Roster of Officers and Men, Volume 72, Part 4

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S. Vater & Company, printers, 1882 - United States - 719 pages
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This book was written by one of the members of the 72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry. He was a part of the history committee that was elected to put the book together. The contents of the book are from ... Read full review

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Thank you Sargent McGee
Downloaded for a brief look at how Wilder's Lighting Brigade got and used its Spencer Repeating rifles, I couldn't put the book down. In addition to a unit history, McGee
ranges from slavery to Andersonville, and sheds light on the horrid conditions of Union troops, including: hunger, "graybacks" (lice), and sickness brought on by neglect. McGee also relates war crimes by rebel soldiers and the surly attitudes of civilians. He also sprinkles in humor at just the right moments--even in the midst of battles. 

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Page 382 - ... immediate efforts be made for a cessation of hostilities, with a view to an ultimate convention of the States or other peaceable means, to the end that at the earliest practicable moment peace may be restored on the basis of the federal Union of the States.
Page 401 - States, etc.: Your communication demanding surrender of my command I acknowledge receipt of, and respectfully reply that we are prepared for the "needless effusion of blood" whenever it is agreeable to you.
Page 401 - I have placed the forces under my command in such positions that you are surrounded, and to avoid a needless effusion of blood I call on you to surrender your forces at once, and unconditionally. Five minutes will be allowed you to decide. Should you accede to this, you will be treated in the most honorable manner as prisoners of war.
Page 408 - The thanks of this army are due, and are hereby accorded, to General Corse, Colonel Tourtellotte, officers and men, for their determined and gallant defense of Allatoona, and it is made an example to illustrate the importance of preparing in time and meeting the danger, when present, boldly, manfully, and well.
Page 604 - In the prison cell I sit, Thinking, Mother dear, of you, And our bright and happy home so far away; And the tears they fill my eyes Spite of all that I can do, Though I try to cheer my comrades and be gay. Chorus. Tramp! tramp! tramp! the boys are marching, Cheer up, comrades, they will come, And beneath the starry flag We shall breathe the air again Of the free land in our own beloved home.
Page 413 - It will be a physical impossibility to protect the roads, now that Hood, Forrest, Wheeler, and the whole batch of devils, are turned loose without home or habitation.
Page 108 - But, when the warrior dieth, His comrades in the war, With arms reversed and muffled drum, Follow the funeral car; They show the banners taken, They tell his battles won, And after him lead his masterless steed, While peals the minute gun.
Page 4 - The conspiracy is now known. Armies have been raised, war is levied to accomplish it. There are only two sides to the question. Every man must be for the United States or against it. There can be no neutrals in this war; only patriots — or traitors.
Page 405 - Well, the Yanks will have to git up and git now, for I heard General Johnston himself say that General Wheeler had blown up the tunnel near Dalton, and that the Yanks would have to retreat, because they could get no more rations.
Page 408 - Colonel Rowett, officers, and men, for their determined and gallant defense of Allatoona, and it is made an example to illustrate the importance of preparing in time, and meeting the danger, when present, boldly, manfully, and well. Commanders and garrisons of the posts along our railroad are hereby instructed that they must hold their posts to the last minute, sure that the time gained is valuable and necessary to their comrades at the front.

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