The Iron Brigade: A Military History

Paperback | February 22, 1994

byAlan T. NolanIllustratorWilson K HoytForeword byGary W Gallagher

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"I am immensely impressed... this particular Brigade needed a book of its own and now it has one which is definitely first-rate.... A fine book." -Bruce Catton

"One of the '100 best books ever written on the Civil War.'" -Civil War Times Illustrated

"... remains one of the best unit histories of the Union Army during the Civil War." -Southern Historian

"... The Iron Brigade is the title for anyone desiring complete information on this military unit..." -Spring Creek Packet, Chuck Hamsa

This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army, the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union-made up of troops from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

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This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army. Originally called the 'Black Hat Brigade' because soldiers wore the army's regular dress black hat instead of the more typical blue cap, the Iron Brigade was the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union. The Western soldiers earned and justified the proud n...

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"I am immensely impressed... this particular Brigade needed a book of its own and now it has one which is definitely first-rate.... A fine book." -Bruce Catton"One of the '100 best books ever written on the Civil War.'" -Civil War Times Illustrated"... remains one of the best unit histories of the Union Army during the Civil War." -Sou...

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This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army. Originally called the 'Black Hat Brigade' because soldiers wore the army's regular dress black hat instead of the more typical blue cap, the Iron Brigade was the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union. The Western soldiers earned and justified the proud n...

ALAN T. NOLAN was born in Indiana and is a lawyer in Indianapolis. He is the author of Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.22 inPublished:February 22, 1994Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:0253208637

ISBN - 13:9780253208637

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 1994 Edition by Gary W. Gallagher
Preface

"We Are Coming, Father Abraham"

Prologue

"Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys"

1. A Winter in Camp
2. Fredericksburg: A New Commander Orders Black Hats
3. John Pope's Army: An End to File Closing
4. The Battle at Brawner Farm
5. Second Bull Run
6. South Mountain: The Iron Brigade Is Named
7. Antietam
8. Reorganization
9. Return to Fredericksburg: The Tweny-fourth Michigan Earns the Black Hat
10. Belle Plain: Winter Quarters and Hopefulness
11. Chancellorsville and the March to Pennsylvania
12. Gettysburg: The Last Stand

"Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord"

Epilogue
Appendicies
1. The Iron Brigade Counties
2. Commanders and Officers
3. Bigraphical Note
4. The Uniform of the Iron Brigade
5. Source materials for the Battle of Brawner Farm

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

This is the story of the most famous unit in the Union Army. Originally called the 'Black Hat Brigade' because soldiers wore the army's regular dress black hat instead of the more typical blue cap, the Iron Brigade was the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union. The Western soldiers earned and justified the proud name Iron Brigade. And when the war was over, the records showed that it led all Federal brigades in percentage of deaths in battle. The North might well have lost the battle of Gettysburg if not for the Iron Brigade's famous stand.