By Lesley J. Gordon
A damaged Regiment recounts the tragic historical past of 1 of the Civil War's such a lot ill-fated Union army devices. equipped within the past due summer season of 1862, the sixteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was once unprepared for conflict a month later, while it entered the struggle at Antietam. the consequences have been catastrophic: approximately 1 / 4 of the lads have been killed or wounded, and Connecticut's sixteenth panicked and fled the sphere. within the years that undefined, the regiment participated in minor skirmishes ahead of surrendering en masse in North Carolina in 1864. so much of its participants spent months in southern felony camps, together with the infamous Andersonville stockade, the place affliction and hunger took the lives of over 100 individuals of the unit.
The struggles of the sixteenth led survivors to mirror at the precise nature in their army event in the course of and after the warfare, and questions of cowardice and braveness, patriotism and function, have been frequently most suitable of their techniques. over the years, competing tales emerged of who they have been, why they continued what they did, and the way they need to be remembered. via the tip of the century, their collective reminiscences reshaped this troubling and irritating previous, and the "unfortunate regiment" emerged because the "Brave Sixteenth," their person thoughts and debts altered to slot the extra heroic contours of the Union victory.
The made of over a decade of study, Lesley J. Gordon's A damaged Regiment illuminates this unit's complicated heritage amid the interaction of varied, and infrequently competing, voices. the result's a desirable and heartrending tale of 1 regiment's wartime and postwar struggles.
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A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut's Civil War (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) by Lesley J. Gordon