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Baptism of Fire Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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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.Read more ›