The 22nd Michigan Infantry and the Road to Chickamauga


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About the Book

Called upon to take a hill at the 1863 Battle of Chickamauga, the untested 22nd Michigan Infantry helped to save General George H. Thomas’ right flank. Formed in 1862, the regiment witnessed slavery and encountered runaways in the border state of Kentucky, faced near starvation during the siege of Chattanooga and marched to Atlanta as General Thomas’ provost guard.
This history explores the 22nd’s day-to-day experiences in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. The author describes the challenges faced by volunteer farm boys, shopkeepers, school teachers and lawyers as they faced death, disease and starvation on battlefields and in Confederate prisons.

About the Author(s)

Professional musician and author John Cohassey has written several books and numerous biographical and cultural entries for Gale Research. He lives in Pontiac, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

John Cohassey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7166-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3448-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction 1
1. Camp Richardson, Pontiac, Michigan 5
2. To Cincinnati’s Defense 21
3. The March to Lexington 34
4. Camp Life: Silent Terrors and the Muffled Drum 47
5. Chasing Rebels from the Bluegrass 67
6. Respite at Nashville 77
7. Heroism on Horseshoe Ridge 94
8. Prison Houses and Parole 114
9. Engineer Duty and “the Cracker Line” 126
10. Atlanta and Home 140
Chapter Notes 161
Selected Sources 175
Index 189

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Definitive…essential”—Midwest Book Review.
  • “An exceptional history…well written and researched”—Civil War News.