Brave Men in Desperate Times: The Lives of Civil War Soldiers

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What was it like to be a poorly trained, ill-equipped, militiaman trying to defend your own home?
What was it like to be stuffed into a makeshift submarine—an iron tube no more than 3 feet in diameter and propelled by a hand crank—and sent more than 30 feet below Charleston Harbor to attack the enemy?
What was it like to be a Creek infantryman, riding into a Union post in frontier Oklahoma, carrying the rags ...

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Overview

What was it like to be a poorly trained, ill-equipped, militiaman trying to defend your own home?
What was it like to be stuffed into a makeshift submarine—an iron tube no more than 3 feet in diameter and propelled by a hand crank—and sent more than 30 feet below Charleston Harbor to attack the enemy?
What was it like to be a Creek infantryman, riding into a Union post in frontier Oklahoma, carrying the rags of what had been your proud battle flag, knowing you were among the last of the Confederates to surrender?

What was it really like to be a soldier during the Civil War?

Brave Men in Desperate Times tells the stories of twenty-one ordinary Civil War soldiers—men who, by and large, have never had their stories published until now. These vivid, eyewitness accounts culled from battle reports, muster rolls, museum collections, family stories, and a handful of letters and diaries that have survived are a testament to the sacrifice, honor, and service of these courageous men.

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About 9:00 that evening, the reinforcements arrived, and the boats finally filled up and headed south, toward Pittsburg Landing, where the broken remains of a once-proud Union army still held a foothold of ground. It had been raining since late afternoon, and Newton stepped off the boat into ankle-deep mud. In the pitch-black wilderness, he stood in the rain, waiting for the desperate fight that was only hours away; all around him, the sounds of wounded men rang in his ears. Later, Newton remarked that his only thought at the time was of how well his rubber poncho kept out the pounding rain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762723720
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,446,453
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John McKay spent fifteen years as a firefighter and paramedic before turning his interests into teaching and writing history. His main inspirations were his great-grandfathers on both sides of his family, Confederate veterans almost killed or badly wounded during the war. McKay has been a freelance writer and photographer for commercial magazines, newspapers, and academic and literary publications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch 1: Queen of Battle: The Infantry

Pvt. James K. Newton, Co. F, Fourteenth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Pvt. James R. Barrow, Co. B, Cobb’s Legion Infantry
Ch 2: Thunder on the Battlefield: The Artillery
Capt. Francis DeGress, First Illinois Light Battery H
Capt. Thomas J. Key, Arkansas Battery, Hotchkiss’s Battalion
Ch 3: Chivalry and Sabers: The Cavalry
Sgt. James Larson, Co. H., Fourth U.S. Cavalry
Pvt. Benjamin Wortham, Co. H, Twelfth Georgia Cavalry Regiment
Ch 4: Wood and Iron: The Navies
Seaman William Burke, USS Cairo
Seaman James A. Wicks, CSS H.L. Hunley
Ch 5: Sutures and Saws: Battlefield Medical Care
Dr. Thomas Smith Waring, Surgeon, Seventeenth South Carolina Volunteers
Ch 6: Hell on Earth: Prisoners Of War
Pvt. William J. Crouse, Co. G, Seventh Pennsylvania Reserves
Ch 7: Weekend Warriors: The Militia
Capt. William Jasper Worley, Co. D, Blue Ridge Rangers, First Regiment, Georgia State Line
Ch 8: Pirates and Privateers: Blockade Runners
Tom Taylor (civilian)
Ch 9: The Everlasting Fire: American Indians
Col. Daniel N. McIntosh, First Creek Mounted Volunteers, First Creek Cavalry Regiment
Ch 10: I Goes to Fight Mit Sigel: Immigrant Soldiers
Cpl. Anton Steffens, Co. C, Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Ch 11: We Are Men, Aren’t We?: Black Soldiers
Pvt. Scott Green, First U.S. Colored Troops (USCT)

Bibliography
Index


Capt. William Jasper Worley, Co. D, Blue Ridge Rangers, First Regiment, Georgia State Line

Ch 8: Pirates and Privateers: Blockade Runners
Tom Taylor (civilian)

Ch 9: The Everlasting Fire: American Indians
Col. Daniel N. McIntosh, First Creek Mounted Volunteers, First Creek Cavalry Regiment

Ch 10: I Goes to Fight Mit Sigel: Immigrant Soldiers
Cpl. Anton Steffens, Co. C, Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Ch 11: We Are Men, Aren’t We?: Black Soldiers
Pvt. Scott Green, First U.S. Colored Troops (USCT)

Bibliography

Index

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