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By Michael E. Stevens,John Y. Simon

ISBN-10: 0742559440

ISBN-13: 9780742559448

ISBN-10: 0945612559

ISBN-13: 9780945612551

In this strong and relocating memoir, Robert Beecham tells of his Civil battle studies, either as an enlisted guy within the fabled Iron Brigade of the military of the Potomac and as an officer commanding a newly raised African-American unit. Written in 1902, Beecham recounts his struggle reviews with a prepared eye towards the way of life of the soldier, the ache and brutality of warfare, and the amazing acts of valor, by means of squaddies either black and white, that punctuated the grind of lengthy campaigns. As If It have been Glory is an unforgettable account of the Civil conflict, unclouded by means of sentimentality and insistent that the kingdom stay actual to the reason for which it fought.

Beecham's battle was once an extended one—he served from may possibly 1861 throughout the final touch of the warfare within the spring of 1865. With the Iron Brigade he observed motion at such momentous battles as Chancellorsville after which at Gettysburg, the place he was once taken prisoner. lower back to carrier in a jail trade, Beecham used to be promoted to first lieutenant of the twenty third usa coloured Troops whom he lead in fierce scuffling with on the conflict of the Crater. on the Crater, Beecham used to be wounded, back captured, and, after 8 months in a accomplice criminal, escaped to discover his method to Annapolis previous to the belief of the war.

In his narrative, Beecham celebrates the ingenuity of the enlisted guy on the price of officials who're usually boastful or incompetent. He additionally chides the altered memories of fellow veterans who consider merely triumphs and forgot defeats. in a single of the main robust components of his memoir, Beecham can pay tribute to the valor of the African american citizens who fought lower than his command and insists that they have been "the bravest and top infantrymen that ever lived."

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