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. equipped within the overdue summer time of 1862, the sixteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was once unprepared for conflict a month later, while it entered the struggle at Antietam. the implications have been catastrophic: approximately 1 / 4 of the lads have been killed or wounded, and Connecticut's sixteenth panicked and fled the sphere. within the years that undefined, the regiment participated in minor skirmishes prior to surrendering en masse in North Carolina in 1864. so much of its individuals spent months in southern legal camps, together with the infamous Andersonville stockade, the place affliction and hunger took the lives of over 100 contributors of the unit.
The struggles of the sixteenth led survivors to mirror at the real nature in their army event in the course of and after the warfare, and questions of cowardice and braveness, patriotism and function, have been usually finest of their options. through the years, competing tales emerged of who they have been, why they persevered what they did, and the way they need to be remembered. by means of the tip of the century, their collective reminiscences reshaped this troubling and nerve-racking earlier, and the "unfortunate regiment" emerged because the "Brave Sixteenth," their person thoughts and money owed altered to slot the extra heroic contours of the Union victory.
The manufactured from over a decade of study, Lesley J. Gordon's A damaged Regiment illuminates this unit's complicated heritage 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