Lincoln's Veteran Volunteers Win the War: The Hudson Valley's Ross Brothers and the Union's Fight for Emancipation

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Chronicles the Civil War experiences of four brothers from New York’s Hudson Valley.

Looking at the lives of the four Ross brothers, dedicated Union soldiers from upstate New York’s Washington County, Lincoln’s Veteran Volunteers Win the War offers a dramatic, in-depth account of struggle, devotion, family, and faith during the American Civil War. Three of the four brothers—Daniel, Melancton, and William—were among the two hundred thousand who enlisted for three years when the ...

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Overview

Chronicles the Civil War experiences of four brothers from New York’s Hudson Valley.

Looking at the lives of the four Ross brothers, dedicated Union soldiers from upstate New York’s Washington County, Lincoln’s Veteran Volunteers Win the War offers a dramatic, in-depth account of struggle, devotion, family, and faith during the American Civil War. Three of the four brothers—Daniel, Melancton, and William—were among the two hundred thousand who enlisted for three years when the war broke out, and then reenlisted as battle-hardened Veteran Volunteers. The fourth brother, John, would sign up as soon as he reached the age of eighteen, and fought until the war’s end. The Ross brothers and their regiments fought in nearly every major engagement of the conflict, including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge.

Using public documents, regimental histories, and personal sources that comprise hundreds of letters and personal narratives written by the Ross brothers and many other soldiers, author D. Reid Ross (grandson of Daniel) provides detailed and vivid descriptions of soldiers’ attitudes toward President Lincoln and emancipation, courage and performance on the battlefield, the hardships of army life, the role of the Veteran Volunteers, and the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. after the end of the war. Also included is the story of captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s journey to prison as described by his guard, Daniel Ross. Demonstrating the Ross brothers’ unflinching belief in home, family, country, and duty, and, as the culmination of thirty years of research, this fascinating book offers a view of the Civil War that is expansive, personal, and inspirational.

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Editorial Reviews

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“It is always refreshing to see a book that focuses on the rank-and-file.” — New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

“A major breakthrough in Civil War history.” — Edwin C. Bearss, author of Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

“Ross’s extensive and intensive exploration of both primary and secondary sources enabled him to take his family story and transform it into a meaningful statement about both the Civil War and this nation’s divided psyche. His willingness to travel thousands of miles in order to access hundreds of primary sources moves this history beyond another run-of-the-mill ‘I found these letters in the attic’ chapter in Civil War history.” — Joel M. Jones, President Emeritus, Fort Lewis College

“As a general reader, I have been captured and moved by the author’s narrative powers and the brilliance of his battlefield scenes. The convincing portraits of individual soldiers and officers carry the reader throughout the book.” — Jurgen Herbst, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791476420
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2011
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Reid Ross is a retired urban planner and family historian and has published many articles on the American Civil War and his family’s history. Through the three decades of researching this book, he visited more than one hundred libraries, pored over hundreds of manuscript collections, and read more than one thousand Civil War and other historical publications, personal memoirs, diaries, and letters. Ross lives in Durango, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword Duane A. Smith xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xix

Indroduction 1

1 Why, How, and When They Fought 5

2 Stones River 39

3 Chancellorsville 59

4 After Chancellorsville 93

5 Gettysburg 107

6 Chickamauga 127

9 Battle of the Wilderness 197

10 The Battle of Kolb's Farm 241

11 From Prisoner to Guard 263

12 Capture of Atlanta 287

13 March to the Sea and Beyond 301

14 Victory and the Grand Review 339

Epilogue: A Legacy of Sacrifice 351

Notes 369

Glossary 427

Bibliographic Essays 431

Index 441

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