By John Schmutz
“The Bloody 5th” provides the regiment’s wealthy heritage from the secession of the Lone famous person country and the association of ten self sufficient east and significant Texas businesses, via 4 years of hard marching and scuffling with. The fifth Texas’s battlefield exploits are mythical, from its inaugural struggling with at the Virginia peninsula in early 1862 via Appomattox. At Gettysburg, the Texans suffered horrendous losses many times assaulting Little around Top’s rocky slopes, and within the barren region on may perhaps 6, 1864, helped store the collapsing accomplice line whereas “the eyes of normal Lee have been upon them.” however it used to be at moment Manassas the place the regiment earned its enduring nickname by way of attacking and crushing the fifth big apple Zouaves. Flushed with victory, the Texans driven in the course of the disintegrating Federal traces and outdistanced the rest of the Brigade—as good because the remainder of the accomplice military. In his professional document at the conflict, Gen. John Bell Hood, boasted that the fifth Texas had “slipped the bridle.” Its exploits that day earned the regiment its timeless sobriquet “The Bloody Fifth.”
Schmutz’s huge regimental historical past, which additionally info the private lives of those Texas infantrymen as they struggled to outlive the struggle a few 2,000 miles from domestic, is predicated upon years of archival study that has exposed 1000s of fundamental assets. whole with photographs and unique maps, “The Bloody Fifth”: The fifth Texas Infantry, Hood’s Texas Brigade, military of Northern Virginia is an important contribution to the becoming literature of the Civil War.
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“The Bloody Fifth”—The 5th Texas Infantry, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia: Vol. 1: Secession to the Suffolk Campaign by John Schmutz