P. E. Tillinghast, History of the Twelfth Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers in the Civil War, 1862-1863, Inscribed and Signed


Rhode Islanders in the IX Corps

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Pardon E. Tillinghast led a committee of veterans in compiling History of the Twelfth Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers in the Civil War, 1862-1863.

The 12th Rhode Island was the last regiment organized by the state, and they served nine months in late 1862 through the middle of 1863. Assigned to General Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, their most significant action was at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862.

Known colloquially as the “Trotters” because of their hard marching during service in Kentucky – chasing John Hunt Morgan – the veterans of the regiment compiled an impressive chronicle of their short enlistment. Within the covers is abundant data on campaigns, a roster, and much verse from their poet/soldier Erastus Richardson.

Among the regiment’s commanders was Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw, Jr., later colonel commanding the 7th United States Colored Troops.

Usual toning; light rubbing; very minor chipping of text; else very good condition. Uncommonly clean and bright. Inscribed and signed “To Col. E. A. Littlefield / with the compliments of P. E. Tillinghast / The Compiler.”

Tillinghast, P. E. HISTORY OF THE TWELFTH REGIMENT RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEERS IN THE CIVIL WAR, 1862-1863. Providence: 1904. 1st edition, 394p., frontispiece, illustrations, map, portraits, (Dornbusch 123).

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