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Pale horse at Plum Run : the First Minnesota at Gettysburg /
Brian Leehan.
imprint
St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2002.
description
xx, 243 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN
0873514297, 9780873514293
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imprint
St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2002.
isbn
0873514297
9780873514293
contents note
I had been sleeping with a dead man -- The morning of a better hope -- The best we had in the shop -- What meaner place could man be put in? -- My god, are these all the men we have here? -- Behold! a pale horse -- Dead men and horses lying all around me -- We just rushed in like wild beasts -- The funeral of our regiment.
catalogue key
11474905
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-197) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Brian Leehan is a librarian at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis).
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Minnesota Book Awards, USA, 2003 : Won
Summaries
Main Description
Minnesota Book Award Winner! The smoke had just cleared from the last volley of musketry at Gettysburg. Nearly 70 percent of the First Minnesota regiment lay dead or dying on the field--one of the greatest losses of any unit engaged in the Civil War. The significance of this July 2, 1863, battle at Gettysburg is widely known, but the harrowing details of the First's heroic stand that stopped a furious rebel assault have long been buried. In Pale Horse at Plum Run Brian Leehan brings the full story of the First at Gettysburg to light as he examines personal accounts, eyewitness reports, and official records to construct a remarkably detailed and compelling narrative. "Brian Leehan's account of the First Minnesota on Cemetery Ridge is the most detailed and complete I have read. His exhaustive research and compelling narrative are impressive and offer a much fuller understanding of the regiment's extraordinary feats." -- Richard Moe, author of The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers
Unpaid Annotation
The smoke had just cleared from the last volley of musketry at Gettysburg. Nearly 70 percent of the First Minnesota regiment lay dead or dying on the field -- one of the greatest losses of any unit engaged in the Civil War. Pale Horse at Plum Run is the study of this single regiment at this crucial moment in American history. Through painstaking research of firsthand accounts, eyewitness reports, and official records, Brian Leehan constructs a narrative remarkable for its attention to detail and careful reportage.Word of the First's heroic act at Gettysburg quickly spread along Union lines and back to Minnesota. Their stand late on July 2, 1863, stopped a furious rebel assault and saved the day for the Union. Emerging from the chaos of battle, however, firsthand reports contradicted each other. Confused officers and frightened soldiers told very different stories of the day's events. Further removed, newspaper correspondents often relied on hearsay and camp gossip for their sources of information. All of,this leaves the historical investigator to ask, what really happened that day at Plum Run?In order to answer that question, Leehan performs superlative historical detective work. By focusing on the men themselves -- and their accounts of the engagement -- he weaves together a narrative of the First's action on July 2 and 3. Those who escaped the scythe of battle the first day lived to play a pivotal role the next in rebuffing the most famous infantry assault in American military history, Pickett's Charge. By tracking the movements of individual soldiers over the field of battle, Leehan reconstructs in amazing detail the story of this remarkable band of soldiers.In hisinvestigation of the battle Leehan raises important questions about how we can really know the truth about the past. In cogent appended essays, the author muses on the lack of standardized timekeeping in the mid-nineteenth century, o
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
I had been sleeping with a dead manp. 3
The morning of a better hopep. 14
The best we had in the shopp. 28
What meaner place could man be put in?p. 38
My God, are these all the men we have here?p. 51
Behold! A Pale Horsep. 56
Dead men and horses lying all around mep. 77
We just rushed in like wild beastsp. 82
The funeral of our regimentp. 99
Epilogue: Ready to do it, whatever it might costp. 124
A Question of Timep. 141
The Tools of Deathp. 144
The Mythology of the First Minnesotap. 152
Casualtiesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 189
Notesp. 198
Indexp. 235
Maps
Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, 1862-63p. 23
Gettysburg, July 1, eveningp. 31
Gettysburg, July 2, 3:30 to 5:00 P.M.p. 40
Gettysburg, July 2, about 7:00 P.M.p. 57
Gettysburg, July 3, through the end of the cannonadep. 88
Gettysburg, July 3, Pickett's Chargep. 92
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