By Lesley J. Gordon
A damaged Regiment recounts the tragic heritage of 1 of the Civil War's so much ill-fated Union army devices. prepared within the past due summer season of 1862, the sixteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry used to be unprepared for conflict a month later, whilst it entered the struggle at Antietam. the implications have been catastrophic: approximately 1 / 4 of the boys have been killed or wounded, and Connecticut's sixteenth panicked and fled the sector. within the years that undefined, the regiment participated in minor skirmishes prior to surrendering en masse in North Carolina in 1864. such a lot of its contributors spent months in southern criminal camps, together with the infamous Andersonville stockade, the place ailment and hunger took the lives of over 100 individuals of the unit.
The struggles of the sixteenth led survivors to mirror at the precise nature in their army adventure in the course of and after the struggle, and questions of cowardice and braveness, patriotism and objective, have been frequently prime of their innovations. through the years, competing tales emerged of who they have been, why they continued what they did, and the way they need to be remembered. by way of the tip of the century, their collective memories reshaped this troubling and irritating prior, and the "unfortunate regiment" emerged because the "Brave Sixteenth," their person stories and money owed altered to slot the extra heroic contours of the Union victory.
The made of over a decade of analysis, Lesley J. Gordon's A damaged Regiment illuminates this unit's advanced background amid the interaction of assorted, and infrequently competing, voices. the result's a desirable and heartrending tale of 1 regiment's wartime and postwar struggles.
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A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut's Civil War (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) by Lesley J. Gordon