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Baptism of Fire Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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This is a story of three green regiments who come together at one of the most brutal battles of the entire Civil War, The Battle of Franklin. What I found special about this story as told to us by Jacobson and Rupp is the wonderful emphasis on the individual soldiers. It is not unlike the modern day mini-series Band of Brothers, only condensed into one ferocious battle. Rather than a tale of strategy and tactics it is more of individual human beings, men and boys who could have as easily lived today as 150 years ago. One learns not only a great deal about a controversial part of that savage event but more interestingly to me, one sees it through the perspectives of the actual soldiers and their, up till then, largely untested units. --James Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust

About the Author

Eric A. Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored two prior books, For Cause & For Country and The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and has a deep and heartfelt interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. For many years he has assisted a variety of organizations, from Franklin s Charge to the Civil War Trust, in their efforts to preserve and reclaim critical portions of both battlefields, which are so crucial to a great understanding of the men and boys who fought there in late 1864. Eric works in the historic Franklin community, and nearly every day he walks the hallowed ground on which so many Federal and Confederate soldiers so valiantly struggled. His interpretive and preservation efforts at Carnton and the Carter House, in particular, have been extensive. He lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 628 pages
  • Publisher: O'More Publishing; 1st edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984624457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984624454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Benintendi on December 10, 2013
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I am an avid civil war reader and I am especially fond of Ohio Units. I also don't know much of the western theater so I read Jacobson and Rupp's book For Cause and For Country: A study of the affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin. I really enjoyed that book so I picked up this book mainly because it was about three "green" units and two of them were from Ohio. Also, and more importantly, the 175th Ohio came from a part of Ohio where I grew up and many were from my hometown. I also wanted to learn more about the battle of Franklin.

The first thing I will say is that I found it very helpful to read For Cause and For County before reading this book. The former book provides a wonderful understanding of the events leading up to the Battle of Franklin as well as the battle itself. In For Cause and For County, you do meet the three "green" units but not in-depth. That is where this book comes in. It provides the reader with an in-depth view of the three green units and how they performed at the Battle of Franklin. This book is easy to read and the writing is very easy to follow.

What these men saw for the first time in battle was utterly more terrifying than they had expected. The Battle of Franklin was espeically harsh, espeically for units under fire for the first time. These three units performed very well - espeically the 44th Missouri and the 175th Ohio. The 183rd Ohio did not perform as well but they did their share. The book provides a very good perspective from the soldiers in each of these units. The book also provides the list of the casualties of each unit and many tell where the men were from.

This is a wonderful follow-up to For Cause and For County.
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