"The Bloody Fifth"-The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood's Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia: Volume 2
The second installment in a sweeping history of the 5th Texas Infantry-"The Bloody Fifth"-one of only three Texas regiments to fight with Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The 5th Texas established an exceptional combat record in an army known for its fighting capabilities. The regiment took part in 38 engagements, including nearly every significant battle in the Eastern Theater, as well as the Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Knoxville campaigns in the Western Theater. "The Bloody Fifth" offers the first full-length study documenting this fabled regimental command. The first volume, Secession through the Suffolk Campaign, followed the regiment from its inception through the successful foraging campaign in southeastern Virginia in April 1863. Gettysburg to Appomattox continues the regiment's rich history from its march north into Pennsylvania and the battle of Gettysburg, its transfer west to Georgia and participation in the bloody battle of Chickamauga, operations in East Tennessee, and the regiment's return to Virginia for the overland battles (Wilderness to Cold Harbor), Petersburg campaign, and the march to Appomattox Court House. The narrative ends by following many of the regiment's soldiers on their long journey home. Schmutz's definitive study is based upon years of archival and battlefield research that uncovered hundreds of primary sources, many never before used. The result is a lively account of not only the regiment's marches and battles but a personal look into the lives of these Texans as they struggled to survive a vicious war more than 1,000 miles from home. "The Bloody Fifth"-The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood's Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, with photos, original maps, explanatory footnotes, and important and useful appendices, is a significant contribution to the history of Texas and the American Civil War.