ORIGINAL EX-LIBRARY COPY - HISTORY OF THE 57TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY

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The full title of this volume is “THE FIFTY-SEVENTH REGIMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.”

The author is Capt. John Anderson, U.S. Army who served as a 1st lieutenant in Company E and won a brevet promotion to captain. The book was published in Boston by Stallings & Company in 1896.

Volume is an ex-library hardcover that meas. approx. 6.50 x 9.50 inches and runs 512 pages with roster and 26 portraits.

Covers are blue cloth with gold embossed title on the front along with a square knapsack with the number “57” at center. Suspended from the knapsack is a ribbon containing a 9th Corps badge. Author’s name and date are embossed at bottom left corner.  Title and author’s name repeated on the spine, also in gold. Both front and back covers are covered in Mylar and show little wear. Front and back interior signatures are cracked but binding is still holding well. Interior has library labels inside front cover. Pages have yellowed with age.

The 57th Massachusetts, also known as The Second Veteran Regiment, was a hard fighting late war unit composed of veterans who had served at least nine months earlier in the war with other units. Their story was well covered by the popular book “MOTHER MAY YOU NEVER SEE THE SIGHTS I HAVE SEEEN” by the late Warren Wilkinson published in 1990. This original regimental history, written by a member of the regiment, would be a great addition to any library.

The 57th organized in April of 1864 and was assigned to the 9th Corps. They fought in 51 battles and skirmishes during Grant’s brutal Overland Campaign.  In 15 months, the regiment lost 10 officers and 191 enlisted men killed and died of wounds plus 86 by disease for a total of 277. This number does not include those wounded and survived. The regiment was mustered out July 30, 1865.

A good reading copy that tells the story of some hard fighting veterans who “saw the elephant” up close, and after they were honorable discharged and free to enjoy the rest of their lives, decided to go back and take another look. [AD] [PH:L]

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