- Hardcover: 209 pages
- Publisher: Morningside Bookshop (June 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890293171
- ISBN-13: 978-0890293171
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brave Men's Tears: The Iron Brigade at Brawner Farm 0th Edition
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A detailed history of the battle at Brawner's Farm, which culminated into the Battle of Second Manassas.
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This was a very good book in that much of the story is told by the soldiers themselves. i very much like civil war books that quote from soliders that were present at the battle. This book was also very good in demonstrating the effort put forth by the regiments of the Iron Brigade.
One of the most fascinating facts is that at the time of the Brawner Farm fight, only the 2nd Wisconsin had been engaged in battle - First Manassas. The other units had not yet been in battle and it was not known how the midwestern boys would fair. However, the 6th Wisconsin, 7th Wisconsin and the 19th Indiana did not disappoint. All these regiments stood, basically with no protection, and slugged it out with the Stonewall Brigage, as well as other Brigades of Jackson's Corp. The stand made by the "Black Hats" should have indicated to General Pope that Jackson's Corp had been located. However, that was not to be and that story is told in great detail in John Hennessey's Book "Return to Bull Run". After this battle, the midwestern boys of the Iron Brigade received another regiment - the 24th Michigan.
This is a wonderful little study of the how the Iron Bridage fought at Brawner's Farm at the beginning of the Battle of Second Manassas. If you have an interest in the Iron Brigade, this is a must. If you just have a general interest in the civil war, this is a must. I read this book in two days as I could not put it down. If you are from the midwest, the boys in these regiments will make you proud even to this day. As the only all midwestern bridage in the Army, many had their doubts as to the fighting ability of the brigade. However, all those doubts went away with the fighting at Brawner's Farm.
Jackson attacks King's Division marching past his lines in a classic ambush. King unable to command leaves his division to fight as brigades. This they did fighting Jackson to a stand still. For a couple of hours, with little movement, the men stand in formation and fight it out. When night ends the battle, both sides have suffered badly with neither gaining any real advantage. King loses the battle by withdrawing which allows Longstreet to join with Jackson. Pope misread the situation and botches the larger battle.
This is a detailed history of those few hours. The brigades of John Gibbon and Abner Doubleday fight the famed Stonewall Brigade, Ewell's Division and other elements of Jackson's Corps receiving and inflicting heavy causalities. With an excellent narration and well-placed maps, we are never lost and understand the battle. This is Gibbon's Brigade first battle; they excel and in time are named The Iron Brigade. Doubleday is no slouch, his actions are crucial in stabilizing the line early in the battle and his brigade performs well.
This is a detailed tactical study of the battle, with a good analysis of the events leading up to it. King's errors and the reasons for them give us a glimpse into the real world of Civil War command and control lacking in many books. This is not blue and gray squares being moved over flat maps. Senior officers blunder about in the dark, orders are lost, officers become fixed on a small area of the field and the grand havoc of battle reigns.
I cannot recommend this book to highly! It is one of the best small battle books I have read and will increase your understanding of brigade combat.