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In the Very Thickest of the Fight: The Civil War Service of the 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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The 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment took the field under command of a lackadaisical colonel who was frequently absent and feuded with his own officers and superiors.  Distrusted by senior officers, the 78th became a regiment that was always left behind—until its own officers forced their reluctant colonel to resign.  His replacement was a forceful leader who ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Globe Pequot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Laura
Dec 11, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
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Finished reading this book two weeks ago - loved it and will read it again!
The book is about the 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during its civil war campaign. I admit I am biased - my Great Great Grandfather Abraham Frisby was in the 78th Illinois regiment. This book made me feel like I was with him. The collection of letters and diaries from multiple members of this regiment are smoothly pieced together. Even though I knew when they were about to enter a major civil war battle, I was filled w
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Mike
Jan 10, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Like some other reviewers I am a descendant of a member of the 78th Illinois, Cpl.Sidney Botts of Co.D. I have spent a lot of time over the past thirty years trying to find out about the regiment so it was thrilling to read the book. The book on Carter Van Vleck was also moving for me. Raymonds book explains the lot of the average soldier very well. The day to day listing of the loss of so many good young men was especially poignant. Sickness, disease, and exposure to the elements, especially ...more
Gregory James
Dec 25, 2013 Gregory James rated it it was amazing
OK, I'm biased, too. My GG Grandfather Lebbeus Allshouse was in Company I of the 78th. But that aside, Steve Raymond has written an exceedingly readable history of the lives of these men who went off to war. Unlike other histories it is about real soldiers lives and not so much about the movements of armies and decisions of generals (although these obviously strongly influence the lives of the men in the regiment).

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