They Fought for the Union: A History of the First Delaware Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac

They Fought for the Union: A History of the First Delaware Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac

by Jeffrey R Biggs

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They Fought for the Union: A History of the First Delaware Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac by Jeffrey R Biggs

One of the hardest fighting regiments in the Civil War, the First Delaware Volunteers battled in virtually every engagement with the Army of the Potomac's Second Corps from Antietam to Appomattox. One of only and handful of regiments from a slave state, the First Delaware would pay a higher price than many for the cost of restoring a broken country. The Delawareans seemed destined to always be found at the worst possible position; at the worst possible moment; on the worst of all battlefields. As if the gods of war themselves deemed that these slave state volunteers pay a larger price than others for "every drop of blood drawn by the lash."

Largely forgotten in post-Civil War memory, They Fought for the Union revisits these Border State soldiers through a wealth of untapped sources, personal accounts and soldier's diaries while always placing these conflicted soldiers into the larger context of the Army of the Potomac's struggles in the Eastern theater of the war. From the original recruitment as a three-month regiment to the end of the conflict four years later, the author's candid retelling of these extraordinary and oftentimes flawed men is riveting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986361517
Publisher: Belli Civilis Press
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey R. Biggs is a lifelong Delawarean with a passionate interest in all things related to the American Civil War. He is the editor of William Penn Seville's History of the 1st Delaware Volunteers, also published by Belli Civilis Press

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