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The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War
by Martin N. Bertera and Kim Crawford
Michigan State University Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-1-60917-198-8 | Cloth: 978-0-87013-973-4
Library of Congress Classification E514.5 4thB475 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.7474

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

This fascinating narrative tells the story of a remarkable regiment at the center of Civil War history. The real-life adventure emerges from accounts of scores of soldiers who served in the 4th Michigan Infantry, gleaned from their diaries, letters, and memoirs; the reports of their officers and commanders; the stories by journalists who covered them; and the recollections of the Confederates who fought against them. The book includes tales of life in camp, portraying the Michigan soldiers as everyday people—recounting their practical jokes, illnesses, political views, personality conflicts, comradeship, and courage.
    The book also tells the true story of what happened to Colonel Harrison Jeffords and the 4th Michigan when the regiment marched into John Rose's wheat field on a sweltering early July evening at Gettysburg. Beyond the myths and romanticized newspaper stories, this account presents the historical evidence of Jeffords's heroic, yet tragic, hand-to-hand struggle for his regiment's U.S. flag.


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