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History of the 33d Iowa Infantry Volunteer Regiment, 1863-6 (Civil War in the West) Hardcover – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War in the West
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press; New edition edition (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557285764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557285768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written and first published in 1866 soon after the author's discharge from the Union army, A. F. Sperry's History of the 33d Iowa Infantry is one of the classic regimental histories of the American Civil War. It is a fresh, honest, and detailed account of the regiment's movements and actions—in Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and, most notably, Arkansas, where it played a conspicuous role in the Helena, Little Rock, and Camden campaigns. As the regiment's fife and drum major responsible for sounding the duty calls that regulated a soldier's day, Sperry was well situated to observe the inner workings of his unit. His perceptive narrative of army life on the march and in camp captures the courage, humor, and sufferings of the rank and file. Although he took pride in his regiment's accomplishments, he unflinchingly reveals the hard side of war with vivid depictions of looting, resistance to orders, and "extermination" of Confederate guerrillas. By itself, Sperry's memoir is remarkable and important. It is made even more valuable by the new introduction and detailed notes from the editors. Their meticulous annotations include quotes from the diaries, letters, and reminiscences of other soldiers, adding depth and detail to the account. Seven maps and thirty-seven never-before-published photographs of 33d Iowa personnel taken during the war further enrich the book. Civil War historians and reenactors everywhere will welcome this important new classic.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gregory J. W. Urwin is a prize-winning military scholar who has published seven books including Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island (University of Nebraska Press, 1997). He is a field officer in the Frontier Brigade, the largest Union reenactment unit west of the Mississippi River.

Cathy Kunzinger Urwin has published Agenda for Reform: Winthrop Rockefeller as Governor of Arkansas, 1967-1971 (University of Arkansas Press, 1994). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Clift on August 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was very pleased with this book. The editors that added valuable information shoud be commended. Seeing a picture of my GGGrandfather in his uniform and . . . realizing that his autobiography had been used in the narrative was just amazing to me. I have read this book so many times now that it is getting a bit "used" looking. This book now tells the real story of this regiment. The additions that were added increased the value of this book. It is now a piece of my family's history!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Dorman on December 21, 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book because my GGGrandfather served through the entire Civil war in this unit. He was badly wounded in the battle of Jenkins Ferry, where the 33rd had heavy losses. The day to day of the soldiers life made me cold, wet and hungary just reading the book through the author's eyes. I was interested also how they felt when they recieved the news of Lincoln's death. Take no prisoners.
The book details the different societies that the unit came into contact throughout the South. The joy of the slaves being released.
They constantly dream of going back home to Iowa; and finally they are sent home up the Missisippi River on river boats at the end of the war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sue on August 9, 2010
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If you are a genealogist (family or Pro) you will sooner or later come to the War of Rebellion (Civil War. The 33rd were in Alabama, this is a journal with absolutely marvelous descriptions of what the places looked like in his eyes at the time. This book is highly recommended.
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