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The United States Infantry: An Illustrated History, 1775-1918

by Urwin, Gregory J.W.
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Retail Price: $15.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0806132175

Gregory J.W. Urwin provides a sweeping account of the development of infantry units and tactics during the United States' first 150 years. A Civil War chapter looks at differences between Union and Confederate infantrymen, and how infantry adapted to the various theaters of operation. Period photos and Darby Erd's illustrations are utilized to show the range of uniforms and accoutrements. Urwin concludes that both sides expended "thousands of lives for trifling results," but only the Union had the long-term ability to sustain such casualties.

review of The United States Infantry: An Illustrated History, 1775-1918, by Urwin, Gregory J.W., Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).