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588Re: [TalkAntietam] A soldier on Mac/9 month regiments

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  • NJ Rebel
    Mar 31, 2002

      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,
      Gerry Mayers
      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
      Edward Lee

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <Pa128th@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      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
      months in
      > > response to Old Abe's call for "300,000 more." There was
      much dickering
      > > about the term of service between Stanton's and Gov.
      Curtin's offices
      > > 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
      no means
      > getting away easy for the 9 month guys - especially those who
      were killed at
      > Antietam. Their baptism by fire became their first and last
      battle, to
      > 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
      signed up
      > 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,
      Antietam and
      > Chancellorsville.
      > Paula
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