Lesley J. Gordon
Lesley J. Gordon is the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at The University of Alabama. She is the author of General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend, and coeditor of Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas.
Extras for A Broken Regiment
LISTEN: A Civil War Monitor interview with Lesley Gordon.
View a spreadsheet that contains enlistment data for the 16th CT Civil War Regiment and supports the material presented in "A Broken Regiment"
This database of men who served in the regiment originated with the state of Connecticut’s Adjutant Generals Office Reports from 1862, 1869, and 1889. As I accumulated more (and sometimes conflicting) information, I filled in gaps and made corrections (especially birth and death dates, and postwar occupations) from the biographical materials collected Ira Forbes and George Whitney. “Rank” is the highest rank achieved with notes added if an officer was reduced in ranks or otherwise demoted. Birth and death dates do not always include days. Death and birth dates seemed to have had the greatest inconsistencies in the various sources, and I tried to confirm these by cross-checking the U.S. census, bound regimental records, pension records, obituaries, local histories, as well as a comprehensive unit roster compiled by Scott Holmes. Thus, readers should be alerted that some discrepancies still remain here (some are noted but not all). Abbreviations used include: “CSR” for Compiled Military Service Records of Union Soldiers, Record Group 94, National Archives, Washington, DC; “IF” for Ira Forbes Collection, Connecticut State Library, Hartford; “RHK” for Robert H. Kellogg Diary, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford; “GQW” for George Q. Whitney Civil War Collection, 1861–1925, Hartford; “HDC” is the Hartford Daily Courant. Consult the bibliography inA Broken Regiment for a complete guide to the sources consulted.
Inside the Confederate Nation
A Broken Regiment