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A Hundred Days to Richmond Ohio's
  • ISBN: 9780253335371
  • ISBN10: 025333537X

A Hundred Days to Richmond Ohio's "Hundred Days" Men in the Civil War

by Jim Leeke

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/1999
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"This useful and entertaining book presents, mainly in the words of the participants,the experience of the 35,000 Ohioans who served in 100-day regiments during the summer of1864. Although Lincoln's call for 100-day troops was directed to all of the Northern states,the largest contingent by far was the National Guard of the State of Ohio, whose governor, JohnBrough, had suggested the 100-day plan to the president. The purpose of the call-up wasto provide an additional manpower boost to Union forces at a time when the North believed that alittle extra push would win the war. Neither the Ohio National Guardsmen nor the hundreds ofthousands of Union troops already in uniform by that time succeeded in ending the war in the summerof 1864, but the 100-day men did make important contributions by guarding Union supply linesand rear areas, replacing more experienced troops. Some of the guardsmen spent their enlistments inmonotonous duty guarding depots or prisoner of war camps; others unexpectedly found themselves infrontline combat situations and performed well, considering their inexperience. Their contributionprobably shortened the war. All levels." -S. E. Woodworth, Texas Christian University, Choice,April 2000
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