“Citizen-Soldiers of Massachusetts”: New Bedford's Volunteers in the Civil War

Earl F. Mulderink III

in New Bedford's Civil War

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243341
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823243389 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War (FUP)

“Citizen-Soldiers of Massachusetts”: New Bedford's Volunteers in the Civil War

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This chapter focuses on volunteers who fought for New Bedford in the Civil War while representing their home, state, and country. These men were known as “citizen-soldiers,” the predominantly white military units that represented the city and state in fighting for the Union. Community identification was reinforced by military enlistment patterns as men fought with others they had known as civilians. The chapter analyzes enlistment patterns, describes military units associated with New Bedford, investigates the backgrounds of the city's soldiers, and offers a focused look at Irish and Irish-American soldiers. One such soldier was William Logan Rodman, who was commissioned major of the Thirty-Eighth Massachusetts on August 19, 1862. The chapter concludes with an assessment of mortality patterns among New Bedford's soldiers and sailors who died during the war.

Keywords: New Bedford; Civil War; citizen-soldiers; military enlistment; soldiers; sailors; William Logan Rodman; mortality; Thirty-Eighth Massachusetts

Chapter.  8161 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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