By Edmund J. RAUS Jr.
This can be the private tale of the boys and ladies of Cortland, long island and their efforts to help the battle attempt. such a lot regimental histories concentration narrowly on army affairs and the battlefield exploits to the exclusion of the wider social and political context, whereas neighborhood reviews research civilian lifestyles divorced of the army scenario. "Banners South" files the impacts and occasions that outline the Civil warfare from the viewpoint of Northern squaddies and civilians, relocating past the bounds of the battle-field through exploring the civilian neighborhood, Cortland, long island, from which the 10 devices of the 23d big apple Volunteers got here. writer Ed Raus makes use of unique resource fabric to envision the Northern soldier - his perspective towards Southerners, blacks, and officials; and the reason why he fought - and gives distinct portrayals of significant battles (Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg). He additionally explores the hot Yorkers' stories with Southern civilians, together with girls and slaves, while the troops served as an occupying strength in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 23d long island served in the course of the first years of the Civil battle, and the boys from Cortland came upon their journey challenging to disregard. As Raus's examine finds, a number of the unit's survivors had a tricky time resuming their peaceable, prewar lives. Raus narrates those men's tales of warfare and homefront with care and considerate research. "Banners South" gives you to change the conventional style of regimental histories and may be of curiosity to Civil struggle students and buffs alike.
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130). Camp Diven occupied the “Mount Pleasant” property of William J. Stone. A number of officers, including Captain Clark, took quarters in the main house. The picturesque mansion house, with honeysuckle trailing up its sides, sat on high ground surrounded by stately ivy-covered oak trees. From the upstairs windows Union officers had a panoramic view of the city and the Potomac River. Mr. Stone, being absent, had left the house in the care of his black servant, “Uncle James,” who served his new masters in fine style as long as Stone’s supply of Madeira wine lasted.
Barney” Hoffman. 45 19 banners south Once the companies were lettered, they would occupy a specific numbered position in regimental formations. In general, the initial organization for a regiment in a normal battle line would have the companies placed in the following order: 2/b, 7/g, 10/k, 5/e, 8/h, 3/c, 9/i, 4/d, 6/f, 1/a. The most important positions fell to the captains with the earliest dates of rank: in order of importance, 1/a (the post of honor on the right flank of the line), 2/b (the left flank guard company), and 3/c (the color company, which guarded the two regimental flags or “colors” and helped to focus the operation of the regiment).
The group approached Diven’s carriage, received the flags from Diven and his daughters, and unfurled them to the breeze as the twenty-member regimental fife and drum corps struck up a lively tune. Colonel Hoffman then gave a short address in which he assured the crowd that when the regiment returned, the flags, so generously provided, might be tarnished from active service but would not be dishonored. ” Another soldier remembered the tall, awkward president “striding up and down in front of our line without the slightest idea of keeping step to the music.