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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2021 2:39 p.m. PST

… Union Army

"The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, yet our nation remains fiercely divided over its enduring legacies. In A Thousand May Fall, Pulitzer Prize finalist Brian Matthew Jordan returns us to the war itself, bringing us closer than perhaps any prior historian to the chaos of battle and the trials of military life. Creating an intimate, absorbing chronicle from the ordinary soldier's perspective, he allows us to see the Civil War anew―and through unexpected eyes.

At the heart of Jordan's vital account is the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was at once representative and exceptional. Its ranks weathered the human ordeal of war in painstakingly routine ways, fighting in two defining battles, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, each time in the thick of the killing. But the men of the 107th were not lauded as heroes for their bravery and their suffering. Most of them were ethnic Germans, set apart by language and identity, and their loyalties were regularly questioned by a nativist Northern press. We so often assume that the Civil War was a uniquely American conflict, yet Jordan emphasizes the forgotten contributions made by immigrants to the Union cause. An incredible one quarter of the Union army was foreign born, he shows, with 200,000 native Germans alone fighting to save their adopted homeland and prove their patriotism…"


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Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2021 2:50 p.m. PST

Looks like an interesting book. I enjoy ACW histories at this level.

Choctaw23 Jan 2021 7:02 a.m. PST

I do too. I'll give it try.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2021 12:21 p.m. PST

Glad you like it boys! (smile)


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