Monday, July 9, 2012

Back to the 11th NJ

I see there are 7 of you following this blog. I would love to see a lot more.. So if you all would be so kind to pass the word  on this I would deeply appreciate it..

I am asked repeatedly why my fascination with this regiment?  A couple of reasons..
First and foremost is its service at not only Gettysburg, but Chancellorsville and then also the rest of the war. Its two biggest points of service are first Chancellorsville and then Gettysburg. Though Gettysburg is where it basically almost gets knocked out of existence.

The other is the men who led it. Between McAllister and then the other colorful men like Kearny, and Martin and Schoonover just to name a few. All very different,  and also very strong leaders. Especially McAllister and Schoonover.

Having said that, back to Gettysburg.

We have talked about the controversy's with it.. How it got out to where it serves and then also why that is important.

We have talked about the men who led it..

But we need to talk about how it fights.....

In several books and even magazines Carrs Brigade is lumped in with the rest of Humphreys division as ones who fought a bit and then ran...

However in the first hand accounts, especially Marbakers regimental history, and then McAllisters letters the regiment was steadfast, courageous, and full filled its duty.

The casualty list bears that out. With the command structure shot to pieces, McAllister down, Kearny is mortally wounded and dies in August. The deaths of Martin, Ackerman and so many others shows that it didn't fire just a few volleys and run away. It paid a huge price.

The tendency I think is to lump the 11ths record in with the division as a whole. And thats wrong. Why does that happen? Because I for one believe the fighting for the Klingle farm, like so many other fights on July 2, is confusing, frustrating and at times tough to put all the parts together. So its easier to just say that they fought a bit and ran like the dickens.

Welll some thoughts for you to ponder....
JIM


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