These Men Have Seen Hard Service: The First Michigan Sharpshooters in the Civil War [Great Lakes Books Series]

By: Herek, Raymond J.

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Hardcover, lacks dust jacket, blue cloth with gilt spine titles, 15.5 by 24 cm, xvii 561 pp., maps, illus. Good with minor shelf wear to the boards and some scuffing and scratch marks on the spine (see image). From the publisher: “These Men Have Seen Hard Service recounts the fascinating history of one outstanding Michigan regiment during the Civil War. A compelling political, social, ethnic, and military drama, this book examines the lives of the 1300 men of the First Michigan Sharpshooters for the first time, beginning with the regiment's inception and extending through post-war activities until the death of the last rifleman in 1946. Originally conceived as a sharpshooting unit in late 1862, the regiment had to recruit in Michigan counties low in their quota of volunteers for the war effort. A substantial portion of the sharpshooters were drafted men, substitutes, and bounty men, most of whom had to be trained as sharpshooters. One company was composed entirely of Native Americans, the only such I outfit in the Army of the Potomac. For the first 14 months of their existence, the Sharpshooters guarded the Dearborn Arsenal, and then Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas in Chicago. In 1864 they took an active role in General Grant’s Overland Campaign. They incurred horrendous casualties at Spotsylvania and fought a spirited battle at Petersburg, Virginia. Despite sustaining massive injuries, they virtually annihilated a rebel regiment and captured an enemy flag in an action that has never before been described in print. Appropriately, the First Michigan Sharpshooters is numbered among Fox’s 300 fighting regiments. The regiment’s members included recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, leaders in the fight against the Raiders at Andersonville, a founder of the Republican Party, some of the deadliest rifles in the Union army, survivors of the Sultana disaster, two college founders, future politicians, and one millionaire. Using materials from the National Archives, the State Archives of Michigan, university collections, and private holdings, Raymond Herek weaves together a full account of the First Michigan Sharpshooters, complete with nearly 100 photographs. Beyond presenting numerous anecdotes about the men and officers and their contributions during the war, he provides insight into the medical community of the time, the draft, other commands in the same division, the politics endemic in raising a regiment, and Michigan's Native American contingent. The extensive appendices will be of particular use to genealogists, Civil War enthusiasts, and historians, because they list the men in the regiment, and also battle and camp casualties.”

Title: These Men Have Seen Hard Service: The First Michigan Sharpshooters in the Civil War [Great Lakes Books Series]

Author Name: Herek, Raymond J.

Categories: Michigan, Civil War,

Edition: later printing

Publisher: Detroit, Wayne State University Press: 1998

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: good

Jacket Condition: missing

Seller ID: 3568