A brotherhood of valor : the common soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A.

by Wert, Jeffry D.,

Format: Print Book 1999
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.742 WERT
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Civil War
Call Number  973.742 WERT
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E581.4.S8 W47 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E581.4.S8 W47 1999
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 973.74 WER
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  973.74 WER
Springdale Free Public Library Adult Nonfiction 973.7 WERT
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Adult Nonfiction
Call Number  973.7 WERT
Tracing two combat units, one Union and one Confederate, through several of the most important battles of the Civil War, Wert offers a visceral depiction of the war from the perspective of ordinary soldiers. of photos. 13 maps.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the densely populated world of Civil War readers, Wert has earned a prime reputation with his biographies of Mosby, Longstreet, and Custer. But by entering the subgenre of regimental histories, Wert takes a risk, as they tend to die under a deathly hail of detail. However, Wert's project is favored by the Stonewall and Iron Brigades' status as the war's most legendary units, and it prospers because of Wert's narrative experience and sense of factual selection. Readers aren't subjected to details about every soldier, yet the life of that soldier is adequately brought out in the misery and morale crises each brigade confronted and in the esprit de corps each developed in the course of the war. The individual soldier's place in the big picture is secured by the dozen maps Wert includes, which trace the eastern battles that by 1864 had basically destroyed both Stonewall Jackson's "foot cavalry" and the distinctive blacks hats of the Iron Brigade. The buffs will gravitate to Wert's fine synthesis. Gilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's Wert's good fortune‘and ours‘that the two most interesting Confederate and Union units left such wonderful paper trails. Wert (Custer, etc.) takes full advantage of this and delivers a first-rate book about the two most renowned infantry commands of the Civil War, which confronted each other at Manassas (Bull Run), Fredericksburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Through skillful use of period letters, diaries and action reports, Wert paints a vivid portrait of the Confederate and Union soldiers who bled together across the killing grounds of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Particularly appealing is the way this volume allows readers soldier's-eye views from both sides of key battles. A good example of this is when we learn that the Union line that appeared so formidable to frightened young Confederates in the cornfield at Antietam was in fact a confused mix of equally terrified, equally young men in blue, unsure of their strategy and‘at that moment‘unsure of their commanders as well. In addition to being brave, the men of the Stonewall and Iron brigades were eloquent and prolific writers. Armed with a wealth of first-person accounts, Wert often (and wisely) steps back, allowing the soldiers to tell their own stories as no one else can. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at the William Morris Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Confederate States of America. -- Army. -- Stonewall Brigade.
United States. -- Army. -- Iron Brigade (1861-1865)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1999
Language English
Description 413 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [381]-398) and index.
ISBN 0684824353
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