Westerners in Gray: The Men and Missions of the Elite Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment

Westerners in Gray: The Men and Missions of the Elite Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment

by Phillip Thomas Tucker, Robert L. Hawkins
     
 

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Few infantry regiments in the Civil War compiled a more distinguished record than the Fifth Missouri. The unique blending of fiery Irish Confederates from St. Louis with rural pro-Southern Missourians forged an unshakable esprit de corps, making the unit the crack infantry regiment in the western sector.

Most of Colonel James C. McCown's troops were young men in

Overview

Few infantry regiments in the Civil War compiled a more distinguished record than the Fifth Missouri. The unique blending of fiery Irish Confederates from St. Louis with rural pro-Southern Missourians forged an unshakable esprit de corps, making the unit the crack infantry regiment in the western sector.

Most of Colonel James C. McCown's troops were young men in their 20s, and their good health and physical conditioning allowed them to carry out their "shock" missions throughout the region. From the perspective of the common soldiers and the unit's leaders the activities and battles of the Fifth Missouri are recounted here.

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extremely well researched and well written...this is an outstanding regimental history.... Highly recommended
Booknews
Recounts the battles and activities of the Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment from the perspectives of common soldiers and the unit's leaders. Covers conflicts at Corinth, Iuka, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Big Black River, and Vicksburg. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786400164
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker is a former Department of Defense historian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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