Civil War Talk Radio: September 2, 2005

Air Date: 090205
Subject: Mark H. Dunkelman: Who Would Not Be a Soldier?
Book: Brothers One and All: Esprit de Corps in a Civil War Regiment
Guest: Mark H. Dunkelman

Summary: Mark H. Dunkelman has spent a lifetime researching the story of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In Brothers One and All: Esprit de Corps in a Civil War Regiment, he uses his findings to shed light on the social world of the Civil War soldier.

Brett’s Summary: Mark Dunkelman discusses his regimental history of the 154th New York, a non-German regiment in the half German Union XI Corps. These men stood longer on the “Buschbeck Line” at Chancellorsville than any others according to the author. He follows them to Gettysburg, in their trip west to Chattanooga in the fall of 1863, to their eventual merging into the XX Corps, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman’s March to the Sea and into the Carolinas. Dunkelman speaks a lot about “esprit de corps” and “morale”, which to him are separate but related things rather than the same thing. The end of the hour contained a very interesting history of an eccentric who spent years working on a history of the 154th New York, only to end up having a disagreement with his publisher and shelving the project.

Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public Historians such as park rangers and museum curators,wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.

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