Baptized by Fire The 14th New York State Militia in the American Civil War Vol. 1

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James L. McLean, Jr.
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A complete history based on archival research of the 14th Regiment New York State Militia (also called the 14th Brooklyn Chasseurs and officially known during the Civil War as 84th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This was a volunteer militia regiment from Brooklyn, New York, known for its fascinating service during war from April 1861 to 6 May 1864.


James L. McLean, Jr. graduated from Towson University with a major in history and a minor in mathematics. He later earned a Master’s degree in education. He taught mathematics for thirty years and a large majority of his Calculus students passed the Advance Placement exam. Along with his wife, Judy, he co-owned Butternut and Blue, a Civil War book business, from 1983-2016. Together, they sold new, used, and rare books and also published nearly 100 titles. Two of their publications received the General Basil Duke Award for best reprint of a Confederate volume. McLean has been fascinated with Gettysburg since childhood. He has visited the battlefield on more than 100 occasions and has spent decades studying the engagement. He has had articles published in the Lincoln Herald, The General, and The Gettysburg Magazine. He and his wife also spend time spoiling their three grandsons.