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History of the Second Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry: Beverly Ford by Daniel Oakey is a detailed and comprehensive account of the experiences of this regiment during the Civil War. Oakey's writing is engaging and informative, providing readers with a deep understanding of the challenges and triumphs faced by the soldiers who served in this unit.

One of the strengths of the book is the level of research that Oakey has clearly put into the project. He incorporates a wealth of primary sources, including letters, diaries, and official reports, to bring the history of the Second Massachusetts Regiment to life. This attention to detail allows readers to gain a vivid picture of the day-to-day life of the soldiers, as well as the larger strategic movements of the Civil War.

Additionally, Oakey does an excellent job of highlighting the personal stories of individual soldiers, giving readers a more intimate glimpse into the lives of the men who served in the regiment. These personal accounts add depth and emotion to the narrative, making it a truly compelling read.

Overall, History of the Second Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry: Beverly Ford is a well-researched and well-written book that sheds light on an important chapter in American history. It will appeal to both history enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike, and is sure to become a valuable addition to any library.

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HISTORY

OF THE

SECOND MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT OF INFANTRY.

BEVERLY FORD.

A PAPER READ AT THE OFFICERS' REUNION IN BOSTON,

MAY 12, 1884,

BY

DANIEL OAKEY,

CAPTAIN SECOND MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT OF INFANTRY.

BOSTON:

GEO. H. ELLIS, PRINTER, 141 FRANKLIN STREET.

1884.

BEVERLY FORD.

JUNE 9, 1863.

In taking up the thread of Captain George A. Thayer's admirable chapter upon the Chancellorsville campaign, we find the regiment baling out their old log pens, on a dark night, in the rain. They had stripped the canvas roofs before starting for Chancellorsville. The return to a deserted camp, even in fine weather, flushed with victory, is not agreeable. The failure of Chancellorsville made the discomforts of this memorable night harder to bear, and it seemed very much like some of the worst experiences of the "Mud campaign."

Company "D" pursued their work with vigor, and sang with the broadest sarcasm "Home Again." This had rather an enlivening effect upon some of the other companies, who, up to this time, had been very silent. Daylight relieved us all; and, with sunshine and regimental "police," the place soon looked as if nothing had happened, except for the late absentees, some of whom would return when their wounds permitted; but others would never again draw their swords under the old battle flag... Continue reading book >>


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