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Gunners for the Union:Two Accounts of the Ohio Artillery During the American Civil War O. P. Cutter/ Henry M. Neil
All Americans are familiar with the ´´day which will live in infamy”. At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, the advanced base of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, was ablaze. It had been smashed by aircraft launched by the carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. All eight battleships had been sunk or badly damaged, 350 aircraft had been knocked out, and more than 2,000 Americans lay dead. Indelible images of the USS Arizona exploding and the USS Oklahoma capsizing and floating upside down have been ingrained in the American conscience ever since. In less than an hour and a half, the Japanese had almost wiped out America’s entire naval presence in the Pacific.Roosevelt addressed Congress and the nation the following day, giving a stirring speech seeking a declaration of war against Japan. Congress voted overwhelmingly in support of an immediate declaration of war: 82-0 in the Senate and 388-1 in the House. Churchill had said that Britain would declare war ´´within the hour” if Japan attacked America. There was no way the British were going to forget the support they had already received from Roosevelt. Britain was at war with Japan the same day. The other Axis powers quickly followed suit, with Germany and Italy declaring war on America and vice versa by December 11.Today, Pearl Harbor is remembered in several important ways. First, it is widely viewed as a turning point for World War II, and if Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941 had not already sealed his fate, his declaration of war against America that December did. Beyond that, the day provided some important pointers for how the war would pan out in the Pacific. Japan’s conduct of battle was exposed as aggressive but inflexible, and its pilots proved brave but undisciplined. The Americans, derisively portrayed as decadent and weak, showed they could and would fight. In the immediate aftermath, Americans immediately rallied around the 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/126388/bk_acx0_126388_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, Union artillery lieutenant Bayard Wilkeson fell while bravely spurring his men to action. His father, Sam, a New York Times correspondent, was already on his way to Gettysburg when he learned of his son´s wounding but had to wait until the guns went silent before seeking out his son, who had died at the town´s poorhouse. Sitting next to his dead boy, Sam Wilkeson then wrote one of the greatest battlefield dispatches in American history. This vivid exploration of one of Gettysburg´s most famous stories - the story of a father and a son, the son´s courage under fire, and the father´s search for his son in the bloody aftermath of battle - reconstructs Bayard Wilkeson´s wounding and death, which have been shrouded in myth and legend, and sheds light on Civil War-era journalism, battlefield medicine, and the ´´good death´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Kramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009171/bk_blak_009171_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie:the Opening Phase of the American Civil War as Experienced by an Officer of the Union Artillery Abner Doubleday
FNH Audio presents the story of Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry, a regiment that was formed during the American Civil War. Its officers were almost all experienced men and the rank and file was likewise seeded with experience. The unit served with distinction throughout its existence. The book comes in three sections. The first tells of the ´´Battle at High Bridge´´. The Fourth were dispatched to the bridge having been told the defences would be light or non-existent. The truth however was somewhat different. Not only was it defended by infantry but also dug-in artillery in a strong position. The second section tells of the part ´´the Fourth´´ played in raising the Union flag in Richmond, as told by the wife of a southern general, Major-General George E. Pickett. As the Northern army closed in, the civilian and military occupants of Richmond began pulling out. The southern troops tried to fire the town. Into this maelstrom rode ´´the Fourth´´. The final part starts with president Lincoln entering Richmond and is escorted around by ´´the Fourth´´, and then follows the Fourth as they move onto Appomattox. There they meet and escort General Lee, through the lines and on to his home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/fnha/000005/bk_fnha_000005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The title of Iron Brigade has been given to a number of different US Army brigades over the last century and a half, but it has become almost entirely synonymous with the Civil War soldiers who fought in the brigade for the Army of the Potomac. Also known as the Iron Brigade of the West, Rufus King’s Brigade and the Black Hat Brigade, the Iron Brigade was comprised of the 2nd, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiments, the 19th Indiana, Battery B of the 4th US Light Artillery, and later, the 24th Michigan. Wisconsin governor Alexander William Randall had hoped to organize an all-Wisconsin brigade to contribute to the Union´s Civil War effort, but the US Army dispersed Wisconsin regiments to different areas as needs arose. Nevertheless, Wisconsin regiments comprised a majority of the brigade, and it would distinguish itself as the only all-Western brigade in the Army of the Potomac. It would come to be recognized for its unique uniforms, strong discipline, and iron disposition, earning the name during the Maryland Campaign both for its tenacity and for the costs paid by fighting so hard. Naturally, historians have focused on the battles where the Iron Brigade earned its name and demonstrated its reputation. Renowned Civil War historian Alan T. Nolan wrote and published the most complete military history of the Iron Brigade in 1961, tracing the brigade´s activity in the Civil War from the first mustering of Wisconsin regiments to the battle of Gettysburg. Nolan´s The Iron Brigade: A Military History served as the authority on Iron Brigade history for decades and called Gettysburg the Iron Brigade´s last stand, arguing that the battle was where the brigade lost its Western character. Since the publication of Nolan’s book in 1961, however, new sources - including letters and journals of men in the brigade - have been discovered, providing new depth to the history of the Iron Brigade. Thus, scholars in more recent years have contribu 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075158/bk_acx0_075158_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The bloodiest day in American history took place on the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. On September 17, 1862, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fought George McClellan’s Union Army of the Potomac outside Sharpsburg along Antietam Creek. That day, nearly 25,000 would become casualties, and Lee’s army would barely survive fighting the much-bigger Northern army. Although the battle was tactically a draw, it resulted in forcing Lee’s army out of Maryland and back into Virginia, making it a strategic victory for the North and an opportune time for President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the rebellious states. When discussing the Civil War in Maryland, most of the focus is understandably on Antietam, but it’s important not to overlook the battle that ultimately brought the Union and Confederate to Antietam Creek in the first place. The Battle of South Mountain was an opening salvo of sorts before Antietam, fought on September 14, 1862, among several gaps. Despite being significantly outnumbered, Lee´s army had the advantage of fighting defensively on higher terrain. At Crampton´s Gap, Union General William Franklin’s nearly 13,000-strong VI Corps crashed down on about 2,000 Confederates led by Howell Cobb who were part of Lafayette McLaws’ division. McClellan had ordered Franklin’s corps to set out for Crampton’s Gap on the morning of September 14, wasting nearly 11 hours in the process, and Franklin delayed his assault for three more hours while arranging his lines for what turned out to be a short fight. The fighting that occurred on that long Sunday was fierce and constant. Artillery, musket, bayonet, and fists were all employed as weapons, resulting in a tremendous number of casualties. By barely holding onto some of the passes, Lee was able to retreat to Sharpsburg, where he hoped to gather together his scattered forces. As it turned 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120050/bk_acx0_120050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.