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The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign

Lance J. Herdegen

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-932714-48-7
ebook: 978-1-611210-38-5
On Sale: October 2008 SOLD OUT!

Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-932714-83-8
ebook: 978-1-611210-38-5
On Sale: May 2010

47 b/w photos and illustrations, 10 maps, notes, biblio, index

WINNER 2008 Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award for Operational/Battle History

Lance Herdegen’s Those Damned Black Hats! The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign is the first book-length account of their remarkable experiences in Pennsylvania during that fateful summer of 1863.

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Praise for Those Damned Blackhats!

"Those Damned Black Hats is extremely well written, with many new images of the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg."

- Blue & Gray Magazine

"This is a first class account of one of the most famous fighting brigades of our American Civil War. What a nice addition to your Union bookshelf this volume will make. This totally excellent book is WOW rated."

- The Lone Star Book Review

"Those Damned Black Hats! is in-depth, meticulously researched and solidly presented, and an exceptional contribution to Civil War studies shelves."

- James A. Cox,
Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

"Those Damned Black Hats! is clearly the work of painstaking archival research and meticulous attention to detail. It's meticulous reconstruction of the brigade's regiments will be an aid to those interested in tracing the genealogy of those who may have served in the Iron Brigade."

- James McIntyre,
On Point, The Journal of Army History

"In Herdegen’s deft hand we learn the background story of many of the Black Hats and their loved ones back home. . . . With a crisp and tightly woven narrative sliced up into small segments, readers stand toe to toe with the heroes of the book be they on McPherson’s Ridge, in the Railroad Cut, or riding on limbers and caissons pulling back through town. As each flagstaff falls, is picked up again, or shatters in someone’s hands, readers feel it."

- James A. Percoco,
Civil War News

"Illustrated with some 50 photographs, numerous maps, a long bibliography, plenty of notes, Those Damned Black Hats is splattered with 33 fine chapters of some of the best damned Civil War reporting I have ever seen, damn it!"

- Richard N. Larsen,
Midwest Book Review

"What I did not expect was the author's ability to make Gettysburg a personal experience! The fighting is a combination of the standard "Company F fired a volley," and the words of the men firing that volley. I have never read a Gettysburg book that rendered the battle in such personal detail. This was almost talking to these men and hearing them describe what they did. This is an excellent book, full of historical details and personal experiences. The author has done a great job pulling this all together in a very readable and enjoyable experience. Bradley M. Gottfried's excellent maps both compliment and support the text. "Those Damned Black Hats!" is another excellent Civil War book from Savas Beatie, and is entitled to full membership in that exclusive club."

- James Durney,
Civil War Book Reviewer, Amazon

"Who knew that more could be written about the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg and that it could be done so well! Lance Herdegen follows the tall, tough, black-hatted Western soldiers of the Iron Brigade on the road to Gettysburg and beyond.

This is not another average military history—it is better. It is a story about people under unique circumstances, in a unique time. It is a personal story.

Herdegen adds to the well known story of the Iron Brigade by using newly discovered primary documents to deftly to create an eminently readable mix of social and military history, done as no one else can.

These are the stories of raw young men from the west, far from home, doing their duty as only the young men of that era could. If you want to learn about the people at Gettysburg and not just the statistics, this is the book for you."

- Dan Joyce,
Senior Curator at the Civil War Museum of the Upper Middle West

"With great skill Lance Herdegen tells the story of the Black Hats at Gettysburg. Reading the tale, sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh, but always we get into the heart and soul of these brave men as they fought in young America's greatest battle. It is so difficult now to read anything new about Gettysburg, but Mr. Herdegen has taken an old story and made it new and fresh."

- John Cox,
author of Culp's Hill: The Attack and Defense of the Union Flank, July 2, 1863



Lance J. Herdegen

Award-winning journalist Lance J. Herdegen is the former director of the Institute of Civil War Studies at Carroll University. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for the United Press International (UPI) news service covering national politics and civil rights. Read More...

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