That Body of Brave Men: The U.S. Regular Infantry and the Civil War in the West, 1861-1865
|UW-L Author:||Mark W. Johnson, M.A.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
Johnson, Mark W. That Body of Brave Men: The U.S. Regular Infantry and the Civil War in the West, 1861-1865. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003.
Two separate components made up the bulk of the Union Army during
the American Civil War: state volunteer regiments and the Regular Army.
The volunteers have stood forefront in the mind of the American public,
perhaps because the vast majority of Northern soldiers served in volunteer
units. While much has been written about
That Body of Brave Men covers the full history of the four Regular
Army regiments that fought in the Civil War’s Western Theater, the 15th,
16th, 18th, and 19th U.S. Infantry Regiments: from recruitment and training
to deployment, combat actions, and post-war fortunes.
Using old regimental records from the Civil War, as well as diaries
and letters, the author has unearthed a wealth of new material about this
long-neglected topic. He covers every unit and every battle in
compelling narrative and exhaustive detail, and reaches some surprising
conclusions about the significant role these troops played in the
That Body of Brave Men was nominated as a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2004 Distinguished Writing Award.
About the Author
Mark W. Johnson is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army
and is currently assigned as the UW—
Lieutenant Colonel Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in
international affairs from West Point and a master’s degree in history from