The 16th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War, Revised and Updated cover
The 16th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War, Revised and Updated
On the hot summer evening of July 2, 1863, at the climax of the struggle for a Pennsylvania hill called Little Round Top, four Confederate regiments charge up the western slope, attacking the smallest and most exposed of their Union foe: the 16th Michigan Infantry. Terrible fighting has raged, but what happens next will ultimately—and unfairly—stain the reputation of one of the Army of the Potomac’s veteran combat outfits, made up of men from Detroit, Saginaw, Ontonagon, Hillsdale, Lansing, Adrian, Plymouth, and Albion. In the dramatic interpretation of the struggle for Little Round Top that followed the Battle of Gettysburg, the 16th Michigan Infantry would be remembered as the one that broke during perhaps the most important turning point of the war. Their colonel, a young lawyer from Ann Arbor, would pay with his life, redeeming his own reputation, while a kind of code of silence about what happened at Little Round Top was adopted by the regiment’s survivors. From soldiers’ letters, journals, and memoirs, this book relates their experiences in camp, on the march, and in battle, including their controversial role at Gettysburg, up to the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House.
Subjects: History
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
404 pages| 7 in x 10 in
Kim Crawford is a retired newspaper reporter and author of The Daring Trader: Jacob Smith in the Michigan Territory and coauthor of The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War. He has written about Michigan Civil War soldiers for Michigan History magazine, served as guest curator for the Flint Sloan Museum's 2012 Civil War exhibit, The Brave and the Faithful, and has given talks on both the 4th and 16th Michigan Infantry regiments to historical societies and Civil War roundtables.

Early Praise

"The inside story of the 16th Michigan Infantry, a hard-fighting, reliable outfit that saw more than its fair share of action with the army of the Potomac’s Fifth Corps from the Virginia Peninsula to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. The primary source accounts are woven masterfully together by Kim Crawford, which brings these stalwart Michigan soldiers to life."
—Patrick A. Schroeder, historian, and author of We Came to Fight: The History of the 5th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Duryée’s Zouaves (1863–1865)
"Author Kim Crawford has utilized a large selection of primary and secondary sources to provide an outstanding narrative that relates the untold Civil War story of the 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The author’s real contribution to the history of the 16th Michigan is not the chronological description of their involvement in the war, which is presented in a fine manner, but rather the detailed minutiae of life in the regiment, which really provides great interest and flavor to the book. Information gathered from unpublished diaries, correspondence, period newspapers, and military service records provides a lively regimental history that is infused with soldiers’ observations and anecdotes as well as their perspectives on issues of a military, political, and social nature. Additionally, copious endnotes and a solid bibliography attest to the scholarship that the author brings to this composition."
—David D. Finney Jr., author of Remembering Michigan’s Civil War Soldiers

$49.95 USD
ISBN: 9781611863338

$39.95 USD
ISBN: 9781609176112

$39.95 USD
ISBN: 9781628953749

$39.95 USD
ISBN: 9781628963755

Add to Cart