"Rally, Once Again!": Selected Civil War Writings of Alan T. Nolan

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - History - 308 pages
Alan T. Nolan is one of our most esteemed historians of the Civil War. His classic history The Iron Brigade was chosen as one of the "100 best books ever written on the Civil War" by Civil War Times Illustrated. His articles have appeared in such publications as The American Historical Review, Gettysburg Magazine, Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, Indiana Magazine of History, and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and he has been awarded the Nevins-Freeman award by the Chicago Civil War Round Table. Nolan is not the typical Civil-War historian. That he is a top-notch historian, no one can deny. But his legal training at Harvard, his career in the law, and his many years as an officer of the Indiana Historical Society have given him remarkable insights not imaginable by other historians. This new collection of previously published material celebrates Nolan's life-long research and study of the Civil War. Included are essays on the Iron Brigade, Gettysburg, and leaders such as Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, John Gibbon, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Central to all of the essays is Nolan's admiration for the valor of the common soldier and his conviction that the War was neither romantic nor glorious, though its results-emancipation and the maintenance of the Union-were surely monumental.

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Contents

Lawyer LincolnMyth and Fact
3
General LeeA Different View
10
Confederate Leadership at Fredericksburg
36
John Gibbon
55
Robert E Lee and the Lost Cause
61
Historians Perspectives on
82
A Curb of Executive and Military Power
100
Gettysburg
131
The TwentyFourth Michigan of the Iron Brigade
211
The Iron Brigade at Brawner Farm
226
Selected Reviews
247
Tennessees
261
Old Abe the War Eagle
262
The Man the Soldier the Legend
269
The North Fights the Civil
275
Lincoln as a Lawyer
281

Reynolds of Gettysburg
144
In the Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg
173
Rufus Dawes Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers
191
The Confederate Tide Rising
287
Acknowledgments
295
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Alan T. Nolan is a lawyer in Indianapolis, an Honorary Trustee of the Indiana Historical Society, a Fellow of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and member of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table. His Civil War books include The Iron Brigade and Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History. With Sharon Vipond, he edited Giants in Their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron Brigade. Several years ago in honor of its fiftieth anniversary, the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table, the second oldest round table in the country, created a new award called the "Alan T. Nolan Lifetime Achievement Award." The first recipient, obviously, was Alan T. Nolan.

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