The Iron Brigade; (Men-at-arms series)
John Millin Selby
This book examines the uniforms and equipment, history and organization of the Iron Brigade during the American Civil War (1861–1865). The major battles of Fredericksburg (1862), Chancellorsville (1863) and Gettysburg (1863) are all covered. Uniforms are shown in full color artwork.
Over. Although the Federal Army had sulyered fearful casualties, particularly Sumner's Corps in thc north while assaulting Marye" Hill, the Imn Brigade had sugered less severeIy than most, and at the same time Battery B had won more renown and the Twenty-fourth Michigan established their reputation. Only 65 Westerners were casualties, 32 from the Twenty-fourth Michigan, and B Battery lost 8 men and r r horses Lieutenant Stewart and the Battery earned the praise of the Army, and General Solomon.
Intact, and by the rearrangement had the distinction of becoming the First Brigade of the First Division of the First Corps of the Army, custodians, too, of she flag of the First Division, 'a large white In June I 863 the rumoured advance of General Lee's armies into Maryland and Pennsylvania became fact; and, General Hooker having resigned and been repIaced by General Meade, the Army of the Potornac were to take the road north again, this time with the Iron Brigade in the van. O n 4 June the.
Rg June 1863 the Confederates crossed the Potomac, the Union Amy, including the remnants of the Iron Brigade, followed them to Virginia to fight on for two more years. The march south had hardly begun when a new regiment joined. There was a good reason for this as the Brigade was down to 800 men; but the choice could not have been a worse one. From VII Corps came the 167th Pennsylvania, nine-month draftees whose term was a b u t to expire. I t was bad enough to receive Easterners; in addition the.
Spottsylvania the Confederates occupied a strong salient position with a particularly welldefended point known as 'the Mule Shoe' or 'Bloody Angle' at the north end. In the battle which followed the Iron Brigade attacked on the west flank of the salient, and again were in the thick of the fighting, and suffered casualties. At Spottsylvania :he Second Wisconsin, the oIdest regiment in the Iron Brigade left. Reduced to fewer than roo men, it was detached to become provost guard for the Division,.
Adding, 'I have many regiments better fitted Tor service out ofthis army, and ask to be allowed to retain my Western regiments.' This strong appeal was not without effect, for although the Twenty-fourth Michigan was ordered to leave, both the Sixth and Seventh Wisconsin were permitted to remain. For a time after the departure of the Twentyfourth Michigan the Sixth and Seventh Wisconsin, commanded by Colonel John A. Kellogg of the Sixth, had the Brigade to themselves; but in March they were joined.