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The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, expertly chronicles a company of Union soldiers who led the charge on Gettysburg. ( June
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From Library Journal
The First Minnesota Volunteers were among the earliest groups to volunteer for service during the Civil War. The unit was usually on the front line for every major battle and paid the extreme sacrifice, especially at the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a skillful portrait of the trials and tribulations of those volunteers during the first three years of the war. Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, uses the letters, diaries, and personal narratives of the unit's soldiers to create an excellent eyewitness account of battles from Bull Run to Gettysburg with the Army of the Potomac. The author creates a graphic picture of the horrors and sufferings that were endured during battle as well as life in the camps between battles. This account will rank among the best regimental histories of the Civil War. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/93.
- W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The First Minnesota was the first Union regiment offered to President Lincoln for service and fought at the First Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg. They were one of the only Union regiments to withdraw in order at Bull Run and were honored for their steadfast performance at Antietam. In both engagements, the First Minnesota took significant losses without breaking.
At Gettysburg, the First Minnesota was nearly while annihilated blocking Rebel units from turning the Union flank on the 2nd day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The First Minnesota conducted a bayonet charge on a Rebel unit 6 times their size and suffered over 80% casualties in 15 minutes. This charge stopped the Rebel breakthrough long enough for Union reserves to be brought up to plug the gap and stabilize the line. The survivors of the First Minnesota found themselves on the receiving end of Picket's charge on the following day, suffering even more losses while conducting yet another bayonet charge against superior numbers. This unit deserved the best an author could give them and Richard Moe has come through for them with flying colors.
Another review complains that Moe use too many quotes, to much primary source material. I totally disagree. The use of letters, journals, and bits from local newspapers is the strength of this book, the part that carries both conviction and immediacy. Comparison to the Ken Burns TV documentary is apt, and I feel that this book, The Last Full Measure, is stronger both in impact and in scholarship.
We're modest, diffident people, we Minnesotans. You won't find many statues of soldiers in our town squares. Truth is, we don't have so many town squares to show them off in. Kids plow through elementary school in Minnesota thinking of the Civil War as a faraway conflict hardly more intimate to us than the Boer War. I remember being surprised, in college, to learn that there'd been a Souix War in my birth-county, in the 1860s. History was what happened in other places. I wonder... Is our blissful ignorance a handicap or the source of our comparatively lawful and peaceful community? Our grudges stay at home.
Anyhow, as we say in Freeborn County, this here tale of young men fighting for what they care about makes pretty good reading.
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