Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Heroes of the Western Theater: Thirty-third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry

Recently I was able to pick up a copy of this newer book (released in mid 2008), written by Lois Lambert, and published by Little Miami Publishers. It is a regimental history of the 33rd Ohio Infantry, which was part of Colonel Leonard Harris' 9th Brigade (3rd Division - I Corps) at Perryville. The 33rd not only fought at Perryville, but nearly every other important battle of the Army of the Ohio/Cumberland for the remainder of the war. Raised in south-central Ohio, the 33rd had an excellent battle record, and stood on Snodgrass Hill as part of Thomas' final defensive line.

After accepting a wonderful offer from Mrs. Lambert to stop by her home to purchase the book I knew that the book was going to be one I was going to enjoy as the Lamberts (pro-rebel husband Tutt and Aussie Shepherd JEB) know their history and have a passion for the past (Luckily I live a scant three miles from the Lamberts). Mrs. Lambert expounds upon not only the facts of the regiment, but also allows us a glimpse into the lives of some of its members. I am only a few chapters into the book, but can state that this title is like reading a Cozzens book, having excellent detail weaved into interesting passages that captures that human element that makes history enjoyable.

I highly recommend the title to anyone interested in Perryville, the war in the western theater, or regimental histories.

Order here.

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