A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut's Civil War by Lesley J. Gordon

American History

By Lesley J. Gordon

A damaged Regiment recounts the tragic background of 1 of the Civil War's such a lot 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, whilst it entered the struggle at Antietam. the consequences 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 sooner than surrendering en masse in North Carolina in 1864. so much of its individuals spent months in southern felony camps, together with the infamous Andersonville stockade, the place affliction and hunger took the lives of over 100 individuals of the unit.

The struggles of the sixteenth led survivors to mirror at the actual nature in their army event in the course of and after the struggle, and questions of cowardice and braveness, patriotism and goal, have been usually finest of their ideas. over the years, competing tales emerged of who they have been, why they continued what they did, and the way they need to be remembered. through the top of the century, their collective memories reshaped this troubling and demanding prior, and the "unfortunate regiment" emerged because the "Brave Sixteenth," their person stories and debts altered to slot the extra heroic contours of the Union victory.

The made from over a decade of analysis, Lesley J. Gordon's A damaged Regiment illuminates this unit's complicated heritage amid the interaction of varied, and infrequently competing, voices. the result's a desirable and heartrending tale of 1 regiment's wartime and postwar struggles.

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