Title

Shadows in the Dust: The Claremont Rifles in the American Civil War

Publication Year

1994

Keywords

United States, Civil War, Claremont Rifles, regiment, military history

Disciplines

Military History | United States History

Abstract

The Civil War was fought in 10,000 places, from the waters of the Bering Straight to the coast of Cherbourg, France. More than 3 million Americans fought in it and over 600,000 men, 2 percent of the population, died in it.

American homes became headquarters. American churches and schools sheltered the dying, and huge American armies swept across American farms and burned American towns. Americans slaughtered each other wholesale in their own fields and orchards, along familiar roads and by waters with old American names.

By whatever name--the War of the Rebellion, the War Between the States, the Late Unpleasantness--it was unquestionably the most important event in the life of the nation. It saw the end of slavery and the downfall of the Southern planter aristocracy. It was the most horrible, necessary, intimate, acrimonious and heroic conflict the nation has known. [...]

What this work attempts is not merely the history of a famous regiment, a story of movements and commanders and sentimental eulogies. It is an endeavor that seeks to place the Hampton Legion, and the Claremont Rifles in particular, in the greater context of the conflict.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

History

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