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Lincoln's Foreign Legion: The 39th New York Infantry, the Garibaldi Guard Hardcover – June, 1996

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In the mid-19th century two struggles to define freedom overlapped: the Kingdom of Italy emerged from forty-nine years of war, and America erupted into Civil War. During the Italian Wars, thousands of soldiers: Italian, Ameri¬can, French, British, German, Hungar¬ian, Polish, and others, received a unique schooling from the intrepid General Giuseppe Garibaldi. His train¬ing was of a type West Point could never have provided. Those men car¬ried lessons with them during the American War onto the battlefields of Bull Run, the Wilderness, Gettysburg, through to Appomattox. The Garibaldi Guard, named after the illustrious gen¬eral, was a unique meld of those for¬eign nationals who participated in the European revolutions and the struggle to save the Union. This was a polyglot regiment of exiled political idealist veterans of Europe's armies and navies, anar¬chists, adventurers, and even a few crooks; they came from fifty-two Eu¬ropean principalities and fourteen American States and served under the leadership of a charlatan. The book covers the careers of some of the of¬ficers and men in the post-Civil War years. In addition, a list of all the men (over 2,000) and a brief synopsis of their time serving in the regiment is provided.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572490160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572490161
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Bacarella has written a great narritive of the 39th NYVI. It is one of the best regimental histories I have read. He gives the day to day happinings of a regiment in battle and in camp. The 39th was one of the most unusual regiments in federal service during the American Civil War, and Mr. Bacarella has done the men & woman of the regiment justice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By impasko on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because, as an american of italian origins, this is a point of interest for me. I found it to be an informative read, and enjoyable.
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By jeffrey v minardi on June 14, 2015
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