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Harvard's Civil War: The History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Paperback – August 31, 2007
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Richard E. Miller has written a lively, informative and at times gripping history of the regiment, and in doing so, he also gives a history of the Army of the Potomac. But the focus is squarely on the 20th. Their experience is magnified. And it was quite an experience.
The 20th Mass got their baptism of fire at Ball's Bluff in October of 1861. They then participated in most of the major campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, including the Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. The regiment had an outstanding reputation for order, discipline, cleanliness and for their ability to stand and fight. They were one of the finest regiments in the entire army.
But they paid a price for their bravery, as deaths and wounds so depleted their numbers that only one hundred or so made it home without having been wounded or captured. Captain Henry Patten wrote home in August of 1864 to tell of "the much-suffering Twentieth." So numerous were their casualties, wrote Patten, that there was "Nothing left of it." A week after writing this, Patten was dead too. At one point, the regiment had only fourteen men able to report for duty.Read more ›
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While doing a research project on Maj. H.L.Abbott, I came across this book. When I purchased it for reading I was impressed on the authors ability to tell a history of a Civil War... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by M. Perrin