FOUR YEARS WITH THE IRON BRIGADE. The Civil War Journals of William R. Ray, Co. F., Seventh Wisconsin Infantry

Herdegen, Lance, and Sherry Murphy

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"Four Years in the Iron Brigade" describes the incredible Civil War odyssey of an enlisted man who marched under the Stars and Stripes for almost four years in the Union's most famous brigade. He wrote of soldier joy and hardship, of battles and guard mounts, of church meetings and soldier sins, and of being wounded three times. He was a blacksmith boy turned Union volunteer, and provides deep insight into those perilous days, and a sense of what it was like to be a soldier in the ranks during the Civil War. Included are maps, photographs, illustrations, appendices (7th Wisconsin Reg. and Appomattox Campaign Reports), endnotes, a bibliography, and an index. This copy is clean and solid. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The recently discovered journal of William Ray of the Seventh Wisconsin is the most important primary source ever of soldier life in one of the war's most famous fighting organizations. No other collection of letters or diaries comes close to it.Two days before his regiment left Wisconsin in 1861, the twenty-three-year-old blacksmith began, as he described it, "to keep account" of his life in what became the "Iron Brigade of the West." Ray's journal encompasses all aspects of the enlisted man's life-the battles, the hardships, the comradeship. And Ray saw most of the war from the front rank. He was wounded at Second Bull Run, again at Gettysburg, and yet a third time in the hell of the Wilderness. He penned something in his journal almost every day-occasionally just a few lines, at other times thousands of words. Ray's candid assessments of officers and strategy, his vivid descriptions of marches and the fighting, and his evocative tales of foraging and daily army life fill a large gap in the historical record and give an unforgettable soldier's-eye view of the Civil War.

From the Publisher: Lance J. Herdegen is the country's leading historian of the Iron Brigade. He is the author of editor of numerous books, including In the Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg (Dayton, OH) and The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won Its Name (Bloomington, IN). Herdegen teaches history at Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. Sherry Murphy is a freelance genealogist living in Washington state, and the great-great granddaughter of William Ray.

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Title: FOUR YEARS WITH THE IRON BRIGADE. The Civil ...
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Inc.
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
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