My Brave Boys: To War with Colonel Cross and the Fighting Fifth / Edition 1

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Two thousand regiments fought in Union armies during the Civil War. None — not one — 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, how 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, but it will be of particular interest in the state that produced this extraordinary regiment long ago.

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"[Pride and Travis] have done a splendid job weaving together the history of this all-volunteer regiment – told almost exclusively through primary sources such as letters, diaries and memoirs. With judicious editing and deft narrative skill, they have produced an account that is remarkable enough to engage the attention of anyone interested in the Civil War." —Baltmore Sun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584652816
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 357
  • Sales rank: 1,472,886
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Pride is editor of the Concord Monitor, a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and co-editor of The New Hampshire Century. Mark Travis is the Monitor's editorial page editor. He received the 2000 Editorial Writer of the Year Award for small dailies from the New England AP News Executives' Association.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Amazing Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2001

    A Great Civil War book addition

    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.

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