Reading the History of the 29th Massachusettes Infantry Regiment, 1861-65, last night, I came to the part, in the summer of 1862, where they were assigned to the Irish Brigade. The 29th went through the battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg, with the Irish. But they were transferred to another brigade right before Fredericksburg in early December. Putting the book aside for a bit, I went Web wandering and chanced upon this touching clip from Gods and Generals, at Southern Appeal, on the Irish Brigade’s fateful charge at Fredericksburg. It took about fifty percent casualties. The 29th was luckily held in reserve throughout the battle.
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