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The Iron Brigade in the Civil War: Bull Run to Appomattox, 1861-1865

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Why another book on the Iron Brigade? Because this is really the first book on this storied outfit-and it could not have been written without the lifetime of study undertaken by award-winning author Lance J. Herdegen. More than a standard military account, Herdegen's latest puts flesh and faces on the men who sat around the campfires, marched through mud and snow and dust, ...more
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published 2012 by Savas Beatie
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Steven Peterson
Dec 24, 2012 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read two good books focusing on the Army of the Potomac's Iron Brigade (the First Brigade of the First Division of the First Corps at Gettysburg--a designation that filled many of the Black Hats with pride). One, by Nolan, is the classic. The other, a comparative work examining the Iron Brigade and the Stonewall Brigade (of the Confederacy).

This book had access to more records and sources than Nolan's. Thus, the volume has more depth. Also, Nolan's work (and others') tend to fo
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Gail
Jun 20, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very detailed account the men of the four WI and one IN group that became known as the Iron Brigade because of the dogged determination in battle. According to most, they got their trademark name when Little Mac was heard to say they fought like iron men.

Absolutely loved the book and feel ready to visualize the battles when we visit Gettysburg and surrounding battlefield this summer.
Bob Carroll
Sep 29, 2013 Bob Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, civil-war
Move over Alan Nolan. This is a new classic telling of the storied Iron Brigade of the West. Alan Nolan set the bar high fifty years ago, but with respect, Lance Herdegen has set the bar even higher. This book was deeply researched and elegantly written. Mr. Herdegen goes further than Mr. Nolan, following the Iron Brigade from its initial conception; mustering in and deployment; through its early training and eagerness to join the fight; to its first real test - a stand-up, give-no-quarter, ...more
Matthew Bartlett
Jul 16, 2015 Matthew Bartlett rated it it was amazing
The Iron Brigade is, without a doubt, the most famous brigade which fought for the Union during the American Civil War. Strangely enough, throughout the many regimental histories written about the famous brigade, there has always been something missing in the study. With either a dry narrative, or the lack of a continuous thought process, the previous Iron Brigade studies have fallen short. Thankfully, Lance Herdegen’s The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory is the book on the famous brigade we ...more
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