"I am immensely impressed...this particular Brigade needed a book of its own and now it has one which is definitely first-rate...A fine book." -Bruce Catton "One of the '100 best books ever written on the Civil War.'" -Civil War Times Illustrated "...remains one of the best unit histories of the Union Army during the Civil War." -Southern Historian "...The Iron Brigade is the title for anyone desiring complete information on this military unit..." -Spring Creek Packet, Chuck Hamsa This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army, the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union-made up of troops from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
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Indiana University Press
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A detailed, presumably accurate account of one of the Union Army's most famous infantry brigades brings to life more Civil War history as the Centennial begins. The "Iron Brigade" was actually a group of Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana volunteer infantry companies which fought valiantly through the mid years of the War. Starting with its early training and first battle skirmishes, the book breaks out into solid action as the Brigade earns the name of "Iron" - -plus the black hats of the Army of the Potomac - at Manassas, Brawners Farm, and later, South Mountain. Much detail too is given to the later bloody actions at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. At the end the Brigade, driven on by General John Gibbon, had earned not only glory, but the highest casualty rate of any Federal brigade in the War. Too much attention to minor detail, too much local history and enumeration of officers and men, however, tend to dull the overall result. Fine reading for Civil War buffs, or descendants of Iron Brigade veterans, but perhaps too undramatic and unfocused for a very wide audience. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Alan T. Nolan
ALAN T. NOLAN was born in Indiana and is a lawyer in Indianapolis. He is the author of Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History.