The product of over a decade of research, Lesley J. Gordon’s A Broken Regiment recounts the tragic history of one of the Civil War’s most ill-fated Union military units. Organized in the late summer of 1862, the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was unprepared for battle a month later, when it entered the fight at Antietam. The results were catastrophic: nearly a quarter of the men were killed or wounded, and Connecticut’s 16th panicked and fled the field. After years of fighting, the regiment surrendered en masse in 1864. This unit’s complex history amid the interplay of various, and often competing, perspectives results in a fascinating and heartrending story.
|Publisher:||Louisiana State University Press|
|Series:||Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Lesley J. Gordon, the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at the University of Alabama, is the author of General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend, and coeditor of Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas.
What People are Saying About This
"Lesley Gordon's 'microhistory' of the Sixteenth Connecticut Volunteers is as compelling as it is revealing. Not content merely to describe the wartime experiences of these men, Gordon proposes new ways to understand how Civil War soldiers first survived then relived the conflict, both collectively and individually, for decades thereafter. This is much more than a portrait of a single regiment. It is a unique work, brilliantly realized."-Daniel E. Sutherland, author of A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
"In this deeply researched and wonderfully nuanced study, Lesley Gordon examines how the damaged regiment fought to reconstruct its memory for decades to come. Throughout this often sad odyssey, which took the regiment from Maryland to Virginia to the coast of North Carolina, and finally to the horrors of Andersonville Prison, the men of the 16th suffered, endured, and found sources of honor in a war that brought them few moments of martial glory. A Broken Regiment tells the gripping story of a regiment, and also a war, in ways that we rarely contemplate." - J. Matthew Gallman, author of America's Joan of Arc
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thorough research is combined with good reading. Much of the information is based on the diaries, letters, and records of ordinary soldiers- not the typical accounts of officers. It's not a book of battle strategies with minute-by-minute details, but shows the daily life of foot soldiers- their fears, impatience, longing for home, anger at military conditions, and determination to keep going. The extensive footnotes are at the end of the book, divided by chapter for easier reference. Some are as interesting as the book contents. It's the story of only one regiment from one state, but it's a great story that's well told.