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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rigdon's 48th Georgia and 10th Alabama

I only had to glance at John C. Rigdon's books on the 48th Georgia and 10th Alabama to see a pattern developing.  His books on Georgia regiments are very handy and allow one to compile statistics on those regiments so that they can be compared with the Union regiments in Fox's Regimental Losses and, of course, such other Confederate regiments have statistics available.  The book on the 10th Alabama is even less informative that the book on the 48th North Carolina.  The information on all the Alabama soldiers is just rank in, rank out--even more disappointing than on the 48th North Carolina.

On the other hand, the book on the 48th Georgia is just as good as the book on the 22nd Georgia.  The 48th was a real tiger of a regiment, with at least 198 killed or mortally wounded.  The pattern I see indicates that Rigdon's books on Georgia regiments are worth purchasing, his books on regiments from other states not su much.  Therefore I have ordered three Rigdon books on Georgia regiments.  This time they will be regiments from the Army of Northern Virginia's First and Second Corps, as well as a book on a regiment from the Army of Tennessee.  Meanwhile I am counting the soldiers in the 48th Georgia to see what percentage of killed and wounded it had.