588Re: [TalkAntietam] A soldier on Mac/9 month regiments
- Mar 31, 2002Paula,
Was there not a case of one of the ninth month units "refusing"
to fight at Chancellorsville because their enlistment would be up
very, very soon? But they were "made" to fight?
Your humble servant,
Co. B, "Tom Green Rifles",
Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Infantry
A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!
"I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
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Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 10:41 AM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] A soldier on Mac/9 month regiments
> In a message dated 3/31/02 9:57:55 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> awturner@... writes:
> > .<< There were 11 or so such PA regiments recruited for 9
> > response to Old Abe's call for "300,000 more." There was
> > about the term of service between Stanton's and Gov.
> > before deciding on the 9-month term. Later on, nine months
grew closer to
> > ten -- at least for the 132nd -- for reasons I'm not sure
> > The 9-month Pennsylvanians had it easy, so to speak -- just
> > Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. :-)>>
> Actually there were 16, 9 month regiments from PA. The 9
months was used as
> a fear factor - join for 9 months before the draft is
implemented - who knows
> how long you will be in, that kind of thing. But it was by
> getting away easy for the 9 month guys - especially those who
were killed at
> Antietam. Their baptism by fire became their first and last
> include the Colonel of the 128th, Samuel Croasdale.
> Also, many of those who fought with 9 month units signed up
again , to
> include James Magill, whose letter I quoted from. The Captain
of Co. F,
> Christian Frankenfield enlisted 4 different times. Don't
assume that most of
> the men who signed up for 9 months were taking the "easy" way
out. Most who
> survived, reenlisted. I have found in my research that many
> because of recruitment in the area, 9 months just happened to
be what it was
> at the time.
> For those in the XII corps, they missed Fredericksburg - got
there too late.
> So the 124th, 125th and 128th only fought in 2 battles,
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