Nine Months to Gettysburg: Stannard's Vermonters and the Repulse of Pickett's Charge

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On the surface, this is the story of a group of green soldiers from the hills of Vermont who responded to Lincoln's call in 1862 for 300,000 men to serve for nine months, and who found themselves, at the very end of their term, in the midst of the greatest battle of the war. What's more, at Gettysburg they occupied a key position on Cemetery Ridge and shattered the right flank of Pickett's famous charge. By doing so, they perhaps did "more than any other body of men to gain the triumph which decided the fate of ...
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Overview

On the surface, this is the story of a group of green soldiers from the hills of Vermont who responded to Lincoln's call in 1862 for 300,000 men to serve for nine months, and who found themselves, at the very end of their term, in the midst of the greatest battle of the war. What's more, at Gettysburg they occupied a key position on Cemetery Ridge and shattered the right flank of Pickett's famous charge. By doing so, they perhaps did "more than any other body of men to gain the triumph which decided the fate of the Union," according to the New York Times. On another level, this is the story of ordinary men who confronted fire with extraordinary bravery, hardship with remarkable wit, and fear with surprising honesty. It is through countless letters and journals that we come to know many of these men and follow each through the war to his fate - sometimes tragic - at the final crushing battle.
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Coffin (Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War, CountryMan, 1994) has written a stirring account of the Vermont 2nd Brigade and its important role at the battle of Gettysburg. Through an exciting narrative of short chapters, the reader experiences a you-are-there sensation as the author offers letters and diaries of the participants. Coffin, a former reporter and board member of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, reveals the full range of military life, from the monotony of camp to the overwhelming sensation of battle. He may slightly exaggerate the brigade's accomplishments, but clearly its actions were significant. Though dozens of books of this genre have been published in recent years, the public's appetite seems insatiable. As such, this lavishly illustrated volume is a well-recommended addition to the group.Stephen G. Weisner, Springfield Technical Community Coll., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881509670
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/19/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 817,788
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Howard Coffin was formerly press secretary to U.S. senator Jim Jeffords. He is the author of The Battered Stars, Full Duty, Guns Over the Champlain Valley, and Nine Months to Gettysburg. Coffin lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Part I Disaster on the Peninsula: Lincoln Calls up the Militia 1

Part II We are Coming, Father Abraham, 300,000 More 45

Part III Stuart and Mosby Ride 95

Part IV Stannard Takes Command 145

Part V Into Battle 175

Part VI Aftermath 247

Main Characters 296

Sources and References 299

Index 304

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