Light and Uncertain Hold: A History of the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

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Not only a military history, A Light and Uncertain Hold is also a penetrating and provocative social history which deals with the homefront, morale, reenlistment, and the memory and commemoration of the Civil War. The words and stories of individual soldiers give depth and substance to the regiment's experience. The great dividing line - the most important catalyst in the creation of regimental pride and identification - was the introduction to combat. In the case of the Sixty-sixth, its first combat experience ...
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A Light and Uncertain Hold: History of the Sixty Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

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Overview

Not only a military history, A Light and Uncertain Hold is also a penetrating and provocative social history which deals with the homefront, morale, reenlistment, and the memory and commemoration of the Civil War. The words and stories of individual soldiers give depth and substance to the regiment's experience. The great dividing line - the most important catalyst in the creation of regimental pride and identification - was the introduction to combat. In the case of the Sixty-sixth, its first combat experience was Port Republic. This set these soldiers apart from the civilian world whose structures and protections were no longer relevant. The new veterans were now divorced from the security of their civilian lives and could rely only on one another in matters which were truly life and death.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873386098
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/1999
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Prologue 1
1 Udney Hyde and Addison White 5
2 A Splendid Banner 9
3 Let Us Do No Man Injustice 16
4 Leave the Corn upon the Stalk, John 19
5 So We Are Sure to Go 34
6 Distance Lends Enchantment 46
7 Port Republic: And They Say the Battle Raged 57
8 Prisoners of War: I Have Just Been to See a Man Die 69
9 Regrouping 77
10 Cedar Mountain: Thy Work and Thy Warfare Done 87
11 A Look of Horror and of Desolation 96
12 Antietam: Just Covered with Dirt and That Is All 100
13 Stand Off Mr. Secesh 110
14 I Am Getting Very Tired of Soldiering 119
15 Chancellorsville: I Stood Up to the Rack and Cut the Hay 127
16 Gettysburg: The Enemy Will Simply Swallow You 140
17 We All Are Anxious to Leave This Place 155
18 Why, Ain't I Distributing Them? 160
19 A Flag on the Mountain 166
20 Reenlistment and Furlough: Representatives of All That Is Best 177
21 Preparation for Atlanta 185
22 Oh! 191
23 General Sherman Has Taken Atlanta 200
24 To the Sea and Victory 208
25 Honor and Position 218
App The Official Roster 241
Notes 286
Bibliography 303
Index 312
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