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By Rick Barram

This is the tale of the lads who fought and died within the 72nd manhattan Volunteer Infantry through the Civil battle. a part of Dan Sickles' famed Excelsior Brigade, the 72nd big apple served in all of the significant activities linked to the III Corps, wasting one-fourth or extra of the regiment in 3 diversified engagements. The narrative of the warfare is advised within the phrases of the lads who have been there. Drawing on soldier's letters, diaries, memoirs (many unpublished or vague) and reputable studies, this paintings follows those males from the fascinating beginnings of recruitment, the boredom and frustrations of existence policing the secessionist geographical region of Southern Maryland, via to the eventual disbanding of the regiment in July of 1864 after being bled white at Williamsburg, the Peninsula, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Overland crusade. a last bankruptcy deals a quick account of a few of the men's lives following the struggle. integrated within the paintings are pictures, interval illustrations, maps and an...

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Few brigades embodied the history of the III Corps more than the Excelsior Brigade, and no other regiment within the brigade saw more action than the 72nd New York. Unlike some unit histories that draw narrowly from the perspectives of one or only a few men, The 72nd New York Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster draws from numerous collections of letters, diary entries, officers’ reports, veterans’ remembrances, and newspaper articles to paint the most complete picture of the 72nd’s service from its inception in 1861 to its discharge in summer of ’64.

Our boys, the Jamestown boys, and the few other companies, occupy the northern part of the ground, and the rest is occupied by, the Lord only knows who. They are the very dregs of humanity, and are raked up from the Points and other places of similar repute. Some are coatless, more hatless, and not a few have blankets girt around them to cover the deficiency of pantaloons. 26 During that early summer of ’61, both the regiment and entire brigade were unsettled. Whole companies of men were added here and there in an attempt to get each regiment close to its full recommended strength of one thousand men.

Wiley, acting as quartermaster for the brigade, was having difficulties handling the large number of men. Using the upscale Delmonico’s as his headquarters, Wiley had hired two cooks from the restaurant to feed his men. But the gourmet chefs were unskilled at meeting the needs of 3,000 hungry customers. To complicate matters, the cost of feeding the multitudes was enormous: $12,000 in the first two weeks alone, with the cost growing as more and more recruits filed in. Sanitation was also a growing problem as the brigade quickly outgrew the state barracks they were using for housing.

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