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Warren Wilkinson delivers a gutsy, candid, meticulously researched look at the day-to-day existence of a single Federal regiment in the final year of the Civil War. The regiment, the 57th Massachusettes Veteran Volunteers, was destined for hell in that final glamorless year. There is considerable evidence that the 57th suffered the highest percentage of killed and mortally Warren Wilkinson delivers a gutsy, candid, meticulously researched look at the day-to-day existence of a single Federal regiment in the final year of the Civil War. The regiment, the 57th Massachusettes Veteran Volunteers, was destined for hell in that final glamorless year. There is considerable evidence that the 57th suffered the highest percentage of killed and mortally wounded of any Union regiment in the war. 85 photographs; 11 maps.


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Warren Wilkinson delivers a gutsy, candid, meticulously researched look at the day-to-day existence of a single Federal regiment in the final year of the Civil War. The regiment, the 57th Massachusettes Veteran Volunteers, was destined for hell in that final glamorless year. There is considerable evidence that the 57th suffered the highest percentage of killed and mortally Warren Wilkinson delivers a gutsy, candid, meticulously researched look at the day-to-day existence of a single Federal regiment in the final year of the Civil War. The regiment, the 57th Massachusettes Veteran Volunteers, was destined for hell in that final glamorless year. There is considerable evidence that the 57th suffered the highest percentage of killed and mortally wounded of any Union regiment in the war. 85 photographs; 11 maps.

43 review for Mother, May You Never See the Sights I Have Seen: The Fifty Seventh Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac 1864-1865

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Martin

    The 57th Massachusetts was made comprised of veterans that had already served their time and volunteered to return to the fray. Ordered south they were involved in some of the heaviest fighting of any unit in the Civil War. This unit history follows their story from start to finish with first hand accounts and historical records that put together an amazing story. I read this book glued to it, it was much more than a dry statistical review that some unit histories can be. Made more human to me w The 57th Massachusetts was made comprised of veterans that had already served their time and volunteered to return to the fray. Ordered south they were involved in some of the heaviest fighting of any unit in the Civil War. This unit history follows their story from start to finish with first hand accounts and historical records that put together an amazing story. I read this book glued to it, it was much more than a dry statistical review that some unit histories can be. Made more human to me was the fact that I saw the names of my ancestors in it and got to put myself in their place, inciting feelings of amazement, awe and humility. The book drove me to visit more of the battlefields that the 57th fought on and read more in depth books on those battles. While I would not recommend this book to someone just delving into the civil war I would certainly recommend it to anyone with even a mid-level knowledge of the fighting that occurred.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Bryant

    The 57th Mass. Volunteers was a Veteran Volunteer infantry unit who participated in the last campaigns of the war, a campaign that differed from every other in the civil war. Grant, now a Lt. General and in command of all the Union forces, orders Mead's Army of the Potomac to march and unleashes unrelenting and daily combat the likes that no one in either army had ever experienced before. This book draws from personal letters and the war record of this unit as it marched and fought in every batt The 57th Mass. Volunteers was a Veteran Volunteer infantry unit who participated in the last campaigns of the war, a campaign that differed from every other in the civil war. Grant, now a Lt. General and in command of all the Union forces, orders Mead's Army of the Potomac to march and unleashes unrelenting and daily combat the likes that no one in either army had ever experienced before. This book draws from personal letters and the war record of this unit as it marched and fought in every battle from the Wilderness to the siege at Petersburg and the final chase of Lee's forces to Appomattox.  Noteable in this record are the accounts of those taken prisoner and paroled and of thier experience in the exchange sysetm (though prisoner exchanges had largely been halted there was still some activity going on). Overall a very good unit history, written for the modern day (as opposed to a history written for the civil war generation).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a good regimental history about New Englanders who were in some of the fiercest battles of the Civil War, as the conflict was winding down chronologically but the meat-grinder still was spitting out bodies aplenty.

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