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Two thousand regiments fought in Union armies during the Civil War. Not one of them suffered more deaths in battle than the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. At the center of this regiment's searing experience is Colonel Edward Cross, a journalist and adventurer who infused the Fifth with his formidable personality. Concord Monitor editors Mike Pride and Mark Travis spent eight years digging for the story of Cross and his men in letters, diaries, memoirs, official records, and newspaper accounts. The result is a military history unfolded in human terms, as the men themselves experienced it.
As Walter Holden, a longtime student of the Fifth, writes in his foreword, "The reader will see how an outstanding regiment was formed and outfitted, hwo the men camped and marched, how they reacted to battle. Here are the deft personal touches that bring events to life. Here are the heroics but also the gripes and backbiting, the conflicts between leaders and the subjugation of the individual for the success of the group." This is a book for any Civil War buff or student of history.
This book was awesome! It was full of the details and it had all of the information so that I can reenact with the 5thNHV. It was very well written, running you though the 5ths actions during the many battles and what it was like for the soldiers in between battles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2001
Within the first 50 pages of this book, I found it hard to put down. This portrays the hardships of the average soldier; his relationship with his immediate commanders, ( good and bad); the reasons some regiments excelled;the pain of their familes left at home;how politics can hinder or help an officers career. Heroics on the battle field. It is defenitely worth the time to read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.