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BOOK REVIEWS267 cent City accelerated with the news of the firing on Fort Sumter. A call to arms posted in the Daily Picayune, aimed at Irish immigrants, yielded thousands of eager volunteers. Enlistees in the 6th Louisiana were primarily common laborers with little if any formal education. It is not surprising then, given their education and background, that the men of this unit hardly left a written record of their experiences; especially when those most able to tell the story of the regiment (Colonels. Isaac Seymour, Henry Strong, and William Monaghan) perished leading their troops into battle. The author's research amply rectifies this discrepancy in Civil War literature by publishing the first history of this unique regiment. Gannon guides the reader from the unit's inception and training at Camp Moore, Louisiana, through its string of victories and defeats in the Eastern theatre ofthe war. The 6th's battle honors include Jackson's Valley Campaign, the Seven Days' battles, 2nd Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the costly assault against the Union line entrenched on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg. The "Bloody 6th" continued its service at Rappahannock Station, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, and the Valley Campaign of 1 864: Monocacy, the gates of Washington, D.C, 3rd Winchester, and Fisher's Hill. Following the triumph and tragedy of Cedar Creek, these Irish Confederates completed their service in the trenches during the long siege of Petersburg. From a regiment whose ranks once swelled to over twelve hundred men, the 6th Louisiana surrendered a mere four officers and forty-eight men at Appomattox. Gannon's work is well illustrated, with twelve maps and twenty photographs of the regiment's officers and men. One great strength of the book is the exhaustive roster the author compiled during his research. Certain to be coveted by genealogists, this includes detailed biographical information on the field and staff officers and is followed with a company by company roster of the officers and men who comprised the unit. Useful appendixes also include birthplaces by company; a statistical summary ofcasualties, deaths, desertions, and discharges; and a complete list ofthe units engagements and losses. The author's research is likewise evident in the lengthy endnotes, bibliography, and index that accompany the text. Irish Rebels, Confederate Tigers will serve to complement Terry Jones's excellent study, Lee 's Tigers: The Louisiana Infantry of the Army of Northern Virginia (1987) and is sure to set a standard in scholarship for regimental histories to come. David M. Stokes University of Southwestern Louisiana The Generals ofGettysburg: The Leaders ofAmerica 's GreatestBattle. By Larry Tagg. (Campbell, Calif.: Savas Publishing, 1998. Pp. vi, 373. $29.95.) Larry Tagg, a schoolteacher and musician, has crafted a book that includes biographies of those officers (colonels and generals) who commanded brigades, 268CIVIL WAR HISTORY divisions, and corps during America's greatest battle. Contending that "character is destiny" (Heraclitus), Tagg attempts, quite successfully in most cases, to uncover the personalities of the men who led. Man by man, each biography includes a photograph, physical description, early background, and Civil War service prior to Gettysburg. Tagg then delves into greater detail to show what each man did on the field, followed by a very brief summary of the subsequent career of each officer and a short bibliography. Although the biographies are generally accurate, there are some minorglitches. Confederate general Paul J. Semmes was not a brother ofthe famous commerce raider Raphael Semmes (216). In Daniel Sickles's sketch, there is no mention of the general's part in sponsoring legislation to turn the battlefield into a national military park, nor of his postwar award of a Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery at Gettysburg (64). Phil Sheridan replaced Alfred Pleasonton as cavalry commander in March 1864, not July (167). More glaring, though, is the omission of several generals who had a lot to do with the outcome of the battle. Gouverneur K. Warren, the "savior of Little Round Top," is not to be found. Neither are biographies of the rest of General Meade's staff officers, including Daniel Butterfield, and four other generals. It would have been wise to include these men, as well as the colonels serving on Robert...


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