By Mark H. Dunkelman
Through the Civil battle, the regiment used to be the elemental portion of armies either North and South, its reliability and effectiveness the most important to army good fortune. Soldiers' devotion to their regiment — their esprit de corps — inspired unit solidarity and inspired the person soldier to march into conflict and undergo the hardships of army lifestyles. In Brothers all and sundry, Mark H. Dunkelman identifies the features of Civil warfare esprit de corps and charts its improvement from recruitment and strive against to the top of the battle and past during the stories of a unmarried regiment, the 154th long island Volunteer Infantry. Dunkelman deals a special mental portrait of a front-line unit that fought with contrast at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Valley, Rocky Face Ridge, and different engagements. He lines the evolution of usual camaraderie between neighbors and pals right into a extra profound experience of satisfaction, enthusiasm, and loyalty solid as a lot within the shared unpleasantness of day by day military lifestyles as within the terrifying ordeal of conflict.
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Nor has any comment about the situation been found in the writings of Cattaraugus men. Indeed, the Chautauqua County men seem to have overcome any initial disappointment and blended quite seamlessly into the 154th Regiment alongside their Cattaraugus County neighbors. 10 By the time of the formation and departure of the 112th and 154th Regiments, many soldiers from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties were already serving at the front. But those veterans for the most part were spread 20 ..........................
The others were natives of England (11); Europe (1); France (5); Canada (9); Holland (1); Prussia (1); Scotland (4); Sweden (2); and Wales (9). The foreign-born were generally scattered throughout the regiment, their company afﬁliation depending on where they had enlisted. The group of nine native Welshmen were the exception. Recruited by one of their number, William Charles, from a thriving Welsh community centered in the town of Freedom, they somehow found themselves assigned to Company F. In that Chautauqua company they formed both an ethnic minority and a Cattaraugus County minority.
11 Mary Jane Chittenden of Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County, wife of Private William F. Chittenden of Company D, gently prodded her husband to follow the example of his townsman and company comrade, Private George W. ” “You complained of not getting my letters often enough,” Chittenden responded. “I do not know as you get them all or as I write as many as Mr Bailey but I think he has no stronger regards for his family than your humble servant W. F. ” Months later, Mary Chittenden was feeling fortunate compared to other Yorkshire soldiers’ wives.
Brothers One and All: Esprit de Corps in a Civil War Regiment by Mark H. Dunkelman