... highly polished and readable." - The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)
Well-written and researched... Excellent first-hand accounts of the brigade in action from letters, memoirs, diaries and other sources of the brigade members are included." -The Civil War Courier
Sound research in unpublished materials allowed the author to impart a freshness to his descriptions of fighting at the Brawner Farm, South Mountain... and Antietam." -Civil War
Well-researched, clearly argued, and movingly written, the book is recommended for anyone interested in the human dimension of the Civil War." -Choice
... this excellent addition to the ever-growing research on the Civil War is a good choice for history buffs and researchers." -Library Journal
A colorful and skillful record of the lives of the men in the ranks of a famous brigade, who served and saved the Union at a great sacrifice in a dark time." -Kirkus Reviews
The author... draws on numerous first-hand accounts and sketches a history that almost reads like a novel." -Indianapolis Star
More than an account of the brigade's forgotten heroism, the book explores soldiers' views on the war, their generals and the troubling issue of slavery." -"Pioneer"
It is a `must' for any aficionado of the Iron Brigade, and worth having for general reading about the life of a Civil War solider." -The Skirmish Line
No volunteers tramped with more innocent resolve on the drill fields of 1861 than the farmers, immigrants, shopkeepers, and "piney" camp boys who volunteered for the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin and the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry. The Men Stood Like Iron is the moving, often melancholy, story of how the backwoods "Calico boys" became soldiers of an "Iron Brigade," a unit so celebrated that General George McClellan called it "equal to the best troops in any army in the world."
Lance J. Herdegen is Director of the Institute for Civil War Studies at Carroll College. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
List of Maps and Illustrations Introduction 1. Gettysburg: July 4, 1863 2. Marching Day and Night 3. Greenhorn Patriots 4. The Volunteer Army of 1861 5. Alas, It Was a Dream 6. Little Mac 7. The Fair Miss Peters 8. Massa Linkum's Men 9. The Boss Soldier 10. Hindquarters in the Saddle 11. Come On, God Damn You! 12. I Would Not Like to Hear it Again 13. Devil Take the Hindmost 14. The Little Colonel 15. The Army Ran Like Sheep 16. We Have Got a General Now 17. The Iron Brigade of the West 18. Sharpsburg, Maryland 19. The Cornfield 20. Give `Em Hell! 21. Too Horrible to Behold 22. The Men Have Stood Like Iron 23. May God Bless Us 24. The Government Has Gone Mad Notes Bibliography Index List of Maps and Illustrations Maps 1. Overview of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 2. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at Brawner's Farm 3. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at South Mountain 4. Battle map of the Iron Brigade at Antietam 5. Sketch map of Antietam by Rufus Dawes from his Journal Photographs 1. General George McClellan 2. General Irvin McDowell 3. General Rufus King and staff 4. General John Gibbon 5. Rufus Dawes 6. Mary B. Gates 7. Edward S. Bragg 8. Lysander Cutler 9. Pvt. Charles Keeler 10. Pvt. James P. Sullivan 11. Edwin A. Brown