The Last Full Measure by Richard Moe
The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers

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Since its publication, Richard Moe's The Last Full Measure has garnered a reputation as the definitive history of the First Minnesota Regiment and one of a handful of classic regimental histories of the Civil War. The First Minnesota Volunteers, the first regiment offered to President Lincoln after the fall of Fort Sumter, served in virtually every major battle fought in the eastern theater during the first three years of the Civil War. This is the story of the Army of the Potomac during that period: the initial enthusiasm dashed by sudden defeat at Bull Run; the pride at being shaped into an army by George McClellan and the frustration with his--and his successors'--inability to defeat Robert E. Lee; and, finally, the costly battle of Gettysburg, the decisive battle in which the First Minnesota played a crucial, and tragic, role. Drawing on a wide array of letters, diaries, and personal reminiscences, Moe tells the story anew through the experiences of the men who lived it. As James MacGregor Burns notes in his foreword, "Like Tolstoy's War and Peace, this work sticks close to the men in battle, and hence, like Tolstoy, the author keeps close to the human size of war."

About Richard Moe

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Richard Moe is president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is co-author of Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl and contributed the foreword to Minnesota in the Civil War: An Illustrated History.
Published October 28, 2009 by Minnesota Historical Society Press. 380 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Moe makes judicious use of the period's ubiquitous diaries and letters, as well as fascinating columns sent home to local newspapers by soldier- correspondents writing under pen names like ``Raisins'' and ``Shingles.'' A seamless narrative of Civil War sights, sounds, and emotions that dese...

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The first Minnesota Volunteers company, that state's sole representative in the Army of the Potomac, is best remembered for its heroic charge on the second day of Gettysburg.

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