The Forgotten Charge: The 123rd Pennsylvania at Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Scott B. Lang

  • The Forgotten Charge: The 123rd Pennsylvania at Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Peninsula campaign had been an unmitigated failure. To make matters worse, the North had terminated its recruiting efforts due to the anticipated success of the campaign. This forced President Abraham Lincoln to call for an additional 300,000 soldiers to help the Union defeat the stubborn Confederacy.

Citizens of the North were clearly not anxious to answer the call from their new leader. Yet, a little-known minister, Rev. John Barr Clark, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, invigorated the sagging spirits of the local populace. His fiery sermons motivated the public immensely, and the 123rd Pennsylvania was recruited in less than two weeks. These "Soldiers of Christ" endured more than nine months of disappointment and failure that culminated in their desperate charge on Marye's Heights during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Very little has been written about the men who made this ill-fated charge on that cold December day. While countless pages have chronicled the details of Pickett's Charge and its participants, little has been written about these lost heroes. Scott Lang attempts to right this historical oversight and gives these men of the "Forgotten Charge" their rightful place in Civil War history.

Book
Author Scott B. Lang
Pages 192
Images 40
Maps 14
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes
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