The Iron Brigade; (Men-at-arms series)
John Millin Selby
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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.
rifle-pits and field fortifications. I t was deemed necessary to neutralize these commanding enemy works so that the engineers could set up the pontoons and build tllr bridges, and the Iron Brigade was selected to dash across during the night and seize the enemy strong-points. Foltowing a meeting of the regimental commanders at Genera1 Solomon Meredith's headquarters when the plan was detailed, the Iron Brigade advanced as quickly as possible to the river's edge. A11 was quiet, but the boats
Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan living in Washington. After Gettysburg new faces among the enlisted men were matched by new faces among the officers. During the early part of the period the Commander of the Iron Brigade was Lysander Cutler O n Seminary Rldgt om the firm day oh G e t t p l m q , by the cupola From which Bufard and Reynold* viewed the field of battle G m c d Rcynoldo, the Iron Bripde'm Q I Y l d a ~ 1 Cum- rnnnder st Gettyabarg who replaced SoIomon Meredith. On 2 0 October
meantime, Pope was ordered to the water-level. Two miIes from Frederick's Hall strike at the Confederate lines of communication Station Cutler sent forward the cavalry who between Richmond and Gordonsville, and hamper the Confederate build-up in the Gordonsville area. With this in view, .an 5 August I 862, a large-scale raid, in which the Brigade participated, was mounted on Frederick's Hall Station midway between Richmond and Gordonsville - see map 2. Gibbon's Brigade led the way, and was
Meanwhile, a mixed rorce under General Longstreet awaited them in the gorge. When Gibbon's Brigade were halted in a field off the road, waiting the order to advance, they could see two miles to thcir right their comrades on the Old Hagcrstown Road, 'tong lines and heavy columns of dark blue infantry pressing up the green slopes of the mountain, their bayonets flashing like silver in the rays of the sun'. About the same distance to their left on the Sharpsburg Road Reno's men were moving forward.
"sows' of the Pcninsular and Maryland Campaigns. There was, however, a grave fault: bridging materials were not readily available. This meant that Lee was allowed ample time to prepare a really strong defensive position. While the situation was developing in front of Fredericksburg, the Iron Brigade was put into camp with the rest of Franklin's 1 Corps a t Aquia Creek. On 25 November they reached Brooks Station on the railroad between Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg. Here the Twenty-fourth