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0380723220
Author:
Richard Moe
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Americas
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Avon Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1994)
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345 pages
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I heard Richard Moe on National Public Radio promoting this book. Having heard of the First's heroism in Ken Burns' "The Civil War" I was curious. Did 262 frontiersmen from Minnesota really save the Union line at Gettysburg?

I heard Richard Moe on National Public Radio promoting this book. I knew how these men's charge would end, and so did they. Every man knew in an instant what it meant. Death or wounds to us al. Knowing this, they fixed their bayonets and charged into a force that outnumbered them five to one. As I was reading the climactic pages of the book, my wife walked into the room and saw me with tears streaming down my cheeks, and asked why. I couldn't bring myself to read it to her aloud.

Xvii, 345 pages : 20 cm. "They were frontiersmen, farmers, schoolteachers - one of the first volunteer regiments to join the Union cause after the fall of Fort Sumter. From Bull Run to Gettysburg, they fought in virtually every major battle on the eastern theater - and bravely led an impossible charge that helped change the course of the Civil War. A thousand strong in 1861, three bloody years later only a handful still survived. This is their story"-Page 4 of cover. Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-338) and index

The Minnesota First Volunteer Regiment, nevertheless, has a good . This is an outstanding book that gives the detail of the First Minnesota's glorious charge at Gettysburg and helped saved the Union line against . .

The Minnesota First Volunteer Regiment, nevertheless, has a good claim on being the most heroic single regiment on either side in the whole war, and Mr Moe documents the history of their heroism most eloquently. The Last Full Measure proves to be one of the best books ever written on regimental history. The subject here was the First Minnesota who founded lasting fame on the fields of Gettysburg. This is an outstanding book that gives the detail of the First Minnesota's glorious charge at Gettysburg and helped saved the Union line against a largely superior Confederate force.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. The First Minnesota Volunteers, the first regiment offered to President Lincoln after the fall of Fort Sumter, served in virtually every major battle fought in the eastern theater during the first three years of the Civil War.

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The First Minnesota Regiment moved from its position on the left of the field to the support of Ricketts' battery, and gallantly engaged . Moe, Richard, The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers.

The First Minnesota Regiment moved from its position on the left of the field to the support of Ricketts' battery, and gallantly engaged the enemy at that point. It was so near the enemy's lines that friends and foes were for a time confounded. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993, ISBN 978-087351406-4.

The First Minnesota Volunteers, the first regiment offered to President Lincoln after the fall of Fort Sumter, served in virtually every major battle fought in the eastern theater during the first three years of the Civil War. This is the story of the Army of the Potomac during that period: the initial. This is the story of the Army of the Potomac during that period: the initial enthusiasm dashed by sudden defeat at Bull Run; the pride at being shaped into an army by George McClellan and the frustration with his-and his y to defeat Robert E. Lee; and, finally, the costly battle of Gettysburg, the decisive battle

The Last Full Measure. The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers

The Last Full Measure. The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers. Author Richard Moe, Foreword by James MacGregor Burns. The definitive history of the First Minnesota Volunteers in the Civil War. Paper, e-book. Category: Military History. The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers.

Follows the progress of the First Minnesota-the Union Army's first full regiment of volunteers-from Bull Run .

From the Publisher: "This is Civil War combat history as it should be written. Drawing on personal letters, diaries, and recollections, author Richard Moe tells a dramatic and unforgettable true story that follows the members of the First Minnesota from their early days as raw recruits through their seasoning under fire and by hardship. Of the thousand who had responded to the call to enlist in 1861, only a handful survived the war unscathed.

The First Minnesota Volunteers were the first regiment offered to Lincoln after the fall of Fort Sumpter. They served in virtually every major battle fought in the eastern theater during the first three years of the Civil War. Moe tells the story of this tragically doomed regiment, based on letters, diaries, and personal reminiscences of these men. Author lecture tour.
  • Zahisan
I've been reading military history for over 40 years and this, quite frankly, is the best unit history I've ever read. Richard Moe brings the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment to life through extensive use of letters, newspaper stories, official announcements, and other sources. He provides excellent photographs too.

The First Minnesota was the first Union regiment offered to President Lincoln for service and fought at the First Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg. They were one of the only Union regiments to withdraw in order at Bull Run and were honored for their steadfast performance at Antietam. In both engagements, the First Minnesota took significant losses without breaking.

At Gettysburg, the First Minnesota was nearly while annihilated blocking Rebel units from turning the Union flank on the 2nd day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The First Minnesota conducted a bayonet charge on a Rebel unit 6 times their size and suffered over 80% casualties in 15 minutes. This charge stopped the Rebel breakthrough long enough for Union reserves to be brought up to plug the gap and stabilize the line. The survivors of the First Minnesota found themselves on the receiving end of Picket's charge on the following day, suffering even more losses while conducting yet another bayonet charge against superior numbers. This unit deserved the best an author could give them and Richard Moe has come through for them with flying colors.
  • Thofyn
Devotion to history isn't as strong in the Upper Midwest as in the Old South. Perhaps oblivion is nobler and less risky than living out a myth, but there are few if any "re-enactors" among my Swedish kinfolk in the Land of Lakes. Of course, the earliest settlers in my clan came to Minnesota in 1872. The Minnesota First Volunteer Regiment, nevertheless, has a good claim on being the most heroic single regiment on either side in the whole war, and Mr Moe documents the history of their heroism most eloquently.
Another review complains that Moe use too many quotes, to much primary source material. I totally disagree. The use of letters, journals, and bits from local newspapers is the strength of this book, the part that carries both conviction and immediacy. Comparison to the Ken Burns TV documentary is apt, and I feel that this book, The Last Full Measure, is stronger both in impact and in scholarship.
We're modest, diffident people, we Minnesotans. You won't find many statues of soldiers in our town squares. Truth is, we don't have so many town squares to show them off in. Kids plow through elementary school in Minnesota thinking of the Civil War as a faraway conflict hardly more intimate to us than the Boer War. I remember being surprised, in college, to learn that there'd been a Souix War in my birth-county, in the 1860s. History was what happened in other places. I wonder... Is our blissful ignorance a handicap or the source of our comparatively lawful and peaceful community? Our grudges stay at home.
Anyhow, as we say in Freeborn County, this here tale of young men fighting for what they care about makes pretty good reading.
  • Coiril
Even though this is the history of the 1st Minnesota from the fall of Fort Sumter through the battle at Gettysburg, it builds to a conclusion on the gallant attack late on the second day at Gettysburg to stop Confederate attack on unmanned portion of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge that would have likely resulted in a serious penetration of Meade's line. I was in combat in VIetnam and to share their thoughts before going into the breach, it brought back some troubling memories. These men did not question the order to charge. They did what they needed to do, knowing the result was not going to be good, Richard Moe captured the moment and the essence of these men and their sacrifice. This regimental history needs to be on everyone's Civil War bookshelf.
  • Ice_One_Guys
I highly recommend this book for any Civil war buff. This is the story of the first Minnesota regiment in the civil war. Their story is breathtaking and heroic. When you read about what they sacrificed holding the rise on Gettysburg's second day, you can't help but be proud and amazed.
  • Elildelm
This book is an excellent first hand account of the men who fought for our country. Being from Minnesota, a Veteran and a student of American History I feel that I personally know these men of the Minnesota 1st.
  • Molotok
I heard Richard Moe on National Public Radio promoting this book. Having heard of the First's heroism in Ken Burns' "The Civil War" I was curious. Did 262 frontiersmen from Minnesota really save the Union line at Gettysburg? They did.

I knew how these men's charge would end, and so did they. "Every man knew in an instant what it meant. Death or wounds to us all." Knowing this, they fixed their bayonets and charged into a force that outnumbered them five to one. As I was reading the climactic pages of the book, my wife walked into the room and saw me with tears streaming down my cheeks, and asked why. I couldn't bring myself to read it to her aloud.

Men like the First Minnesota willingly sacrificed themselves to save our Union. In so doing, they covered themselves in glory forever. Comparisons to the Spartans at Thermopylae are not out of line. All Americans should pray that we as a nation be worthy of that sacrifice.

Richard Moe's narrative brings the men of the First to life. The reader gets to know the Taylor brothers, the regiment's commander, Major Colville, and the others whose letters, diaries and memories bring the reader into their world. An altogether beautiful book. It will break your heart.
  • Kendis
Mr. Moe's tale of the First Minnesota Volunteers is a real page-turner that reads like fiction. Structured as a journey there-and-back-again through the eyes of the participants he skillfully weaves first-person accounts that are never dry and always clearly assembled. His background and contextual information is helpful and unbiased. Moe has crafted a thrilling tribute to real heroes that should stand the test of time. My only wish is that there were more of the excellent illustrations and photos, perhaps another edition can expand that section.