No More Gallant a Deed: A Civil War Memoir of the First Minnesota Volunteers

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2001 - Počet stran: 447
James A. Wright was an orderly sergeant in Company F of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. His memoir, based on his diaries and letters, is the fullest personal account of the battles, marches, and soldier life of one of the most renowned regiments in the Army of the Potomac. The First took part in every significant battle and action in the war in the East from 1861 to 1864. In remarkable detail, he describes the fighting at Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Bristoe Station. At Gettysburg, the First Minnesota halted the Confederate charge and suffered an 82 percent casualty rate. Wright's account of the battle is striking in its description of the horror the men felt at facing their foes, their determination to do their duty, and the shock of the loss of so many of their comrades.

With an eloquence rare in war memoirs, Wright recalls the long marches, the poor food, the inadequate shelter, the dedicated officers, the debilitating illnesses, the longing for home, and the sense of pride in carrying out the struggle to preserve the Union. For conveying what the Civil War meant to one man, it is unmatched.

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Introduction PAGE
APRIL 1861
Finest body of troops that has yet appeared upon our streets Page
We lived an awful long time in three hours PAGE
JULY 1861
Somebodies that blundered PAGE
Look backthere is a sight for you Page
Knights of the knapsack Page
Only been singed a little page
Close the column lengthen the step quicken the time PAGE
It could not be quite so bad as that PAGE
Expecting every minute to be blown to atoms PAGE
JULY 35 1863
It looked like a fight or a footrace PAGE
Oh Aint you glad you got out of the Wilderness Page
Is it true sergeant we are to go home? PAGE

There is a Divinity that shapes our ends rough hew them as we may PAGE
A realistic scene of war such as is but rarely witnessed Page
Come on boys Lets join a regiment that dont run Page
Epilogue PAGE
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Steven J. Keillor teaches at Northwestern College in Minnesota and is the author of Cooperative Commonwealth: Co-ops in Rural Minnesota, 1859-1939 and Hjalmar Petersen of Minnesota.

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