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The Spotsylvania Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780807824023

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898376_gallagher

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We Respect a Good Soldier, No Matter What Flag He Fought Under

We Respect a Good Soldier, No Matter What Flag He Fought Under

The 15th New Jersey Remembers Spotsylvania

(p.203) We Respect a Good Soldier, No Matter What Flag He Fought Under
The Spotsylvania Campaign

Peter S. Carmichael

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the 15th New Jersey Infantry's role at Spotsylvania, the ways its members reacted to their awful trial, and efforts early in the twentieth century to commemorate their service. Time inevitably wrought major changes in the men's attitudes about their experience at Spotsylvania. In 1864, many soldiers in the 15th questioned their leaders, expressed hatred for their Confederate foes, and lamented their inability to give dead comrades proper burials. In dedicating a monument opposite the Bloody Angle in 1909, they dwelled on their manly courage in 1864, the need for future generations to learn lessons of patriotic sacrifice from the 15th's example, and the fact that all who fought—on either side—on May 12 had been brave Americans.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, infantrymen, Federals, Confederates

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