Gregory’s New York Brigade:

Blue-Collar Reserves in Dusty Blue Jackets

by Valgene L. Dunham & With Bill Potter



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/11/2015

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 294
ISBN : 9781480820708
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 294
ISBN : 9781480820685
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 294
ISBN : 9781480820692

About the Book

At the beginning of October 1864, the only equipment most Union soldiers near Petersburg, Virginia, needed was a shovel--including Gen. Edgar Gregory’s new reserve brigade, which was digging trenches around the besieged city.

Most of the brigade’s volunteer members from New York had never fired a musket upon marching into the swamps and woods southwest of Petersburg. But the dusty blue-collar workers became a force to be reckoned with as they dug and marched westward to force Gen. Robert E. Lee to extend forces away from Petersburg.

Following the brigade’s largest battle, Five Forks, the Union marched rapidly westward to keep Lee from joining Gen. Joseph Johnston. The brigade was selected to assist in the surrender at Appomattox.

Those acts alone would have solidified the brigade’s place in history, but its men also served as caretakers of the peace during their march back to Washington, D.C.--especially after the assassination of President Lincoln.

Gregory’s New York Brigade deserves to be honored as much as those who fought in the major battles of the war. Find out why in this detailed account of its well deserved place in history.

About the Author

Valgene L. Dunham earned degrees at Houghton College and Syracuse University before pursuing a career in plant biochemistry with research/teaching positions at Purdue University, State University of New York at Fredonia, and Western Kentucky University. He was the dean of science and associate vice president for research at Coastal Carolina University, where he’s now a distinguished professor emeritus.