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By Dennis W. Brandt

The squaddies of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry fought within the Overland crusade below provide and within the Shenandoah valley below Sheridan, particularly on the conflict of Monocacy. yet as Dennis Brandt unearths in From domestic Guards to Heroes, their actual tale happens past the battlefield. The 87th drew its males from the Scotch-Irish and German populations of York and Adams counties in south-central Pennsylvania—a area with nearer ties to Baltimore than to Philadelphia—where a few electorate shared Marylanders’ southern perspectives on race whereas others aided the Underground Railroad.

Brandt’s distinct regimental heritage investigates why those “boys from York” enlisted and why a few abandoned, the ways that squaddies mirrored their domestic groups, and the area’s attitudes towards the warfare either sooner than and after hostilities broke out. Brandt takes a humanistic method of the Civil struggle, revealing the extra own points of the fight in a publication that makes a speciality of the warriors themselves.

utilizing their very own phrases to explain motion either off and on the battlefield, he sheds mild at the lives of normal males: the comparative values of farm and town boys, their explanations and issues, the influence of conflict on squaddies and their households, and the anguish that veterans took to the grave. Brandt additionally appears to be like at infantrymen’ racial perspectives, illuminating their private concerns concerning the warfare, and at neighborhood politics and difficulties of self-discipline surrounding this ideologically divided unit.

Grounded in additional than a decade of analysis into approximately thousand army documents, this is often one of many few regimental histories in line with multiple thousand pension files for the total regiment, plus approximately 8 hundred extra checklist units for different quarter squaddies. Brandt tapped nearby newspapers and a cache of unpublished letters and diaries—some from deepest collections now not formerly known—to offer a useful account of Civil warfare sensibilities in a northern zone bordering a slave state.

From domestic Guards to Heroes is a publication approximately conflict within which humanity instead of troop flow takes middle degree. Engagingly written for a large viewers and meticulously researched, it bargains a particular photograph of a neighborhood and the intimate lives of the boys it despatched off to fight—and a narrative that might intrigue any Civil conflict aficionado.

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From Home Guards to Heroes: The 87th Pennsylvania and Its Civil War Community

The warriors of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry fought within the Overland crusade less than provide and within the Shenandoah valley below Sheridan, particularly on the conflict of Monocacy. yet as Dennis Brandt unearths in From domestic Guards to Heroes, their genuine tale happens past the battlefield. The 87th drew its males from the Scotch-Irish and German populations of York and Adams counties in south-central Pennsylvania—a zone with nearer ties to Baltimore than to Philadelphia—where a few electorate shared Marylanders’ southern perspectives on race whereas others aided the Underground Railroad.

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19. Ezra J. Warner, Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders, 77–78. See also Michael J. Strong, Keystone Confederate: The Life and Times of General Johnson Kelly Duncan, CSA (York: Historical Society of York County, 1994). 20. George R. Prowell, History of York County, 1:557. BOOKCOMP, Inc. 42099pt PgVar ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX [13], (9) 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 From Home Guards to Heroes ists” whatever their Southern sympathies.

Had he deployed for attack right away, he might have held the enemy’s attention without engaging in combat. Instead, he stopped at Bunker Hill ten miles north of the goal and wired Washington that he could not move another step. The men would soon be going home, he said, and had voted not to remain one hour longer than required. Instead, Patterson stood his men in line of march for several hours without telling them where they were going. 23 21. Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr. to his mother, July 5 and 16, 1861, Department of the Interior, Pension Records of Johnston H.

23 and 30, 1861, and Sept. 12, 1862. Thomas A. Scott claimed repairs to the Northern Central bridges cost $14,000. York Gazette, Apr. ), Sept. , George William Brown to Thomas Hicks, Apr. 20, 1861, 2:581. BOOKCOMP, Inc. 67801pt PgVar ——— Short Page PgEnds: TEX [21], (7) 22 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 From Home Guards to Heroes to quash the rebellion. 18 Responsibility for building Pennsylvania’s portion of the three-month Union army fell onto Harrisburg’s untested shoulders.

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