The Third Battalion Mississippi Infantry and the 45th Mississippi Regiment: A Civil War History

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Overview

This is the story of the soldiers of Hardcastle's 3rd Battalion Mississippi Infantry from enlistment to the end of the war. It includes their mid-war incarnation as the 45th Mississippi Regiment and the role they played in Cleburne's fabled division during almost every major engagement of the Army of Tennessee.

Told as much as possible from the point of view of the private soldier, the book attempts to understand not only the causes of the Civil War, but the social and political factors that motivated the original volunteers to join and continue fighting to the end. The battles are discussed and analyzed in their strategic context with emphasis on the battalion's role in the outcome, including the specific Federal units they fought against and first person accounts from both sides about what happened. Twenty battles and skirmishes are covered in detail, highlighted by excerpts from personal diaries. Appendices include an annotated roster, the diary of Lieutenant Samuel Asbury, the story of Captain John Sloan, and the stories of the 3rd Mississippi Battalion's battle flag and the flag of the Duncan Riflemen. An extensive bibliography completes the work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786443444
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Freelance writer David Williamson (Ph.D., Tulane) has authored multiple books on the history of the American Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
I Disunion 5
II Shiloh 26
III Perryville 54
IV Murfreesboro 84
V Chickamauga 111
VI Missionary Ridge and Ringgold Gap 138
VII The Atlanta Campaign: Dalton to Pumphkinvine Creek 156
VIII The Atlanta Campaign: Pickett's Mill to Kennesaw Mountain 188
IX The Fall of Atlanta: Peach Tree Creek to Lovejoy's Station 211
X Spring Hill and Franklin 243
XI Nashville 277
XII Bentonville and Surrender 300
App. A The Annotated Roster of the 3rd Battalion Mississippi Infantry 325
App. B The Samuel Asbury Diary 373
App. C The Captain John Newton Sloan Story 388
App. D The Battle Flag 390
App. E The Flag of the Duncan Rifleman (Company A) 392
Notes 395
Bibliography 425
Index 433
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