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Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
The Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was one of the most influential northern units in the Army of the Potomac. It's nickname, the Harvard Regiment, was derived from the preponderance of Crimson-connected officers on its roster. The fortunes of war placed this unit at the lethal crossroads of nearly every major battle of the Army of the Potomac from Ball's Bluff ...more
Hardcover, 530 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by University Press of New England
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Dec 03, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Civil War regimental history fans, Harvard alumni
An interesting, if somewhat long regimental history of the 20th Massachusetts, which features an interesting clash of class between the Harvard gentlemen officers in command and the blue-collar enlisted men. At least, that's the case in the early years, until the Civil War takes its toll regardless of social status or political leanings (abolitionist vs. conservative), and the regiment's Harvard influence wanes as its Crimson young men are killed or crippled in action. The regiment lasted all fo ...more
This was a hard book to get into at first, quite dry but it got better as the pages went along. The story itself (true story) is quite remarkable. Loved reading about this period of history and how Harvard contributed to the Civil War through these men and their regiment.