By Lesley J. Gordon
A damaged Regiment recounts the tragic heritage of 1 of the Civil War's so much ill-fated Union army devices. geared up within the overdue summer time of 1862, the sixteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was once unprepared for conflict a month later, whilst it entered the struggle at Antietam. the implications 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 sooner than surrendering en masse in North Carolina in 1864. so much of its contributors spent months in southern legal camps, together with the infamous Andersonville stockade, the place disorder 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 goal, have been frequently most advantageous of their innovations. over the years, competing tales emerged of who they have been, why they persevered what they did, and the way they need to be remembered. by way of the tip of the century, their collective memories reshaped this troubling and demanding prior, and the "unfortunate regiment" emerged because the "Brave Sixteenth," their person stories and money owed 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 advanced 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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