Praise for The Iron Brigade in the Civil War

“Lance Herdegen’s The Iron Brigade in the Civil War and Memory is the first book-length treatment of this famous fighting unit from the first days of the war until the final drum roll at Appomattox. Herdegen is the leading authority on this legendary command. His compelling narrative, buttressed with solid research that utilizes many previously untapped sources, moves along with a pace akin to an action movie. It also examines the changing social face of the war as Native Americans and runaway slaves go into the ranks of the Black Hat Brigade. This is a book that had to be written. It has been by the only person who could do it.”

- Ted Alexander, Chief Historian, Antietam National Battlefield

“Alan Nolan’s The Iron Brigade has been the standard work on this famous unit for fifty years. Esteemed historian Lance Herdegen has now supplanted that work with this first comprehensive, scholarly treatment of the Iron Brigade. Herdegen, the recognized expert of this famous unit, builds upon an impressive foundation of fresh primary source material. This work brings the fighting men of the Iron Brigade to life as never before. Herdegen follows the brigade from its earliest inception to the surrender at Appomattox. Written in a flowing, narrative style that does not sacrifice detail, this important work is both a definitive history and a pleasure to read. The Iron Brigade in the Civil War and Memory: The Black Hats from Bull Run to Appomattox and Thereafter is destined to be the standard for the next fifty years.”

- Robert I. Girardi, co-editor of The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

“Lance Herdegen is the preeminent living Civil War historian on “those damned black hats.” His years of research and unparalleled knowledge of the Iron Brigade are clearly evident in this definitive study of an outstanding Union command. I recommend this book without reservation.”

- Jeffry D. Wert, author of A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863

“A valuable addition to Civil War scholarship and a fitting tribute to the soldiers of that era.”

- Civil War Book Review