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

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 ...
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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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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786431120
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2007
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 1,043,466
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker is historian at the United States Air Force's History Support Office in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of Cubans in the Confederacy (2002). He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   Robert L. Hawkins III     1
Forging a Lethal Fighting Machine     5
Iuka Becomes a Deadly Trap     49
Storming the Fortifications of Corinth     63
Lull Before the Storm     93
Drumbeats in the Canebrakes of Port Gibson     121
Almost Winning It All at Champion Hill     161
Map: The Vicksburg Campaign     164
Disaster at Big Black River     205
Forty-seven Days in Hell     215
Map: The Siege of Vicksburg     218
Epilogue     253
Notes     257
Bibliography     311
Index     325
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