Union Infantryman 1861–65

Union Infantryman 1861–65

Warrior 31
  • Author: John Langellier
  • Illustrator: John White
  • Short code: WAR 31
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2001
  • Number of Pages: 64
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A Union supporter once said, "What is a man's life worth if our glorious union is to be shattered by traitors?" President Lincoln's volunteers and conscripted soldiers expanded the permanent Union army to include 1,700 regiments of foot soldiers during the course of the war. Those who became part of "Mr. Lincoln's Army" came from various social and economic conditions, and they documented their day-to-day life in diaries, letters and memoirs. Drawing on these narratives, contemporary photographs, and meticulous archival research, this book provides a vivid account of the common Union infantryman from recruitment and training to his experiences on the battlefield.

Biographical Note

John Langellier received his bachelor's and master's degrees in History from the University of San Diego and his Ph.D. in Military History from Kansas State University. He is the author of numerous books and monographs, and has worked as a historical curator for several years. He has a particular passion for the people and events of the American Civil War. John White is a commercial illustrator with many years' experience working with advertising agencies, design firms, publishers and large corporate accounts. He has received awards from The Broadcast Design Association and The National Naval Aviation Museum, and his paintings have appeared in Aviation Art magazine, Aviation History magazine, and on the History Channel. John and his wife Margery live in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Historical Background; Chronology; Recruitment; Renewing the ranks; 'No plaster saints' - Soldier life; Organization; Tactics; Training; Marksmanship; Ammunition and weapons; Routine and pastimes; Food; Crime, vice, and punishment; 'Last full measure' - On campaign; `Just Before the Battle Mother'; Representative engagements; Aftermath; Badges of courage; 'With malice toward none'; Hallowed ground; Battlefields and museums; Re-enactors; Collecting; The legacy; Bibliography; Full colour plate commentary.

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