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Conspicuous Gallantry Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union John M. Belohlavek Banners South: A Northern Community at War Edmund J. Raus “Circumstances are destiny”: An Antebellum Woman’s Struggle to Define Sphere Tina Stewart Brakebill More Than a Contest between Armies: Essays on the Civil War Edited by James Marten and A. Kristen Foster August Willich’s Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry Translated and Edited by Joseph R. Reinhart Meade’s Army: The Private Notebooks of Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman Edited by David W. Lowe Dispatches from Bermuda: The Civil War Letters of Charles Maxwell Allen, U.S. Consul at Bermuda, 1861–1888 Edited by Glen N. Wiche The Antebellum Crisis and America’s First Bohemians Mark A. Lause Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer Paul Taylor Northerners at War: Reflections on the Civil War Home Front J. Matthew Gallman A German Hurrah! Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stängel, 9th Ohio Infantry Translated and Edited by Joseph R. Reinhart “They Have Left Us Here to Die”: The Civil War Prison Diary of Sgt. Lyle G. Adair, 111th U.S. Colored Infantry Edited by Glenn Robins The Story of a Thousand: Being a History of the Service of the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the War for the Union, from August 21, 1862, to June 6, 1865 Albion W. Tourgée, Edited by Peter C. Luebke The Election of 1860 Reconsidered Edited by A. James Fuller “A Punishment on the Nation”: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War Edited by Brian Craig Miller Yankee Dutchmen under Fire: Civil War Letters from the 82nd Illinois Infantry Translated and Edited by Joseph R. Reinhart The Printer’s Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman and His Family Edited by Patricia A. Donohoe Conspicuous Gallantry: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of James W. King, 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Edited by Eric R. Faust Civil War in the North R The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of James W. King, 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry R Edited by Eric R. Faust The Kent State University Press Kent, Ohio Conspicuous Gallantry Material from the James W. King Collection appears courtesy of Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections.Material from the Benjamin F.Bornder papers,the James Martin letters,theWells Family papers,and theAnson De PuyVan Buren papers appear courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan© 2015 by The Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio 44242 All rights reserved Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 2014049078 isbn 978-1-60635-243-4 Manufactured in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data King, James W., 1842–1903. Conspicuous gallantry : the Civil War and Reconstruction letters of James W. King, 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry / edited by Eric R. Faust. pages cm. — (Civil War in the North) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 978-1-60635-243-4 (hardcover : alkaline paper) ∞ 1. King, James W., 1842–1903—Correspondence. 2. United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861–1864) 3. Soldiers—Michigan—Correspondence. 4. Michigan—History—Civil War, 1861–1865—Personal narratives. 5. United States—History—Civil War, 1861–1865—Personal narratives. 6. United States—History—Civil War, 1861–1865—Regimental histories. 7. Cotton farmers—Southern States—Correspondence. 8. Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865–1877)—Tennessee—Sources. 9. Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865–1877)—Alabama—Sources. 10. Newspaper editors—Michigan—Correspondence. I. Faust, Eric R., 1971– II. Title. e514.511th .k56 2015 973.7'474—dc23 2014049078 19 18 17 16 15   5 4 3 2 1 For Sandra, who always believes in me just a little more than I do in myself. And now you have before you one of the most startling episodes of the war; I cannot render it in words; dictionaries are beggarly things. But I may tell you they did not storm that mountain as you would think. They dash out a little way, and then slacken; they creep up, hand over hand, loading and firing, and wavering and halting, from the first line of works to the second; they burst into a charge with a cheer, and go over it. Sheets of flame baptize them; plunging shot tear away comrades on left and right; it is no longer shoulder to shoulder; it is God for us all! Under tree trunks, among rocks, stumbling over the dead, struggling with the living; facing the steady fire of eight...


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