Originally Posted by Legionnaire66
I was at this event. Mr. Hartwig qualifies that statement, which was edited out of the video.
He argues they existed but suffered such dreadful casualties that they were almost devoid of original membership. Also they added "eastern" regiments and were no longer the only all "western" brigade in the Army of the Potomac.
I remember from reading the regimental history of the 24th Michigan the shame many felt after being routed on the first day of Wilderness. After that it seems the 24th Michigan at that time being really one battalion was used for primarily for skirmishing. I don't think it is a knock on the regiment, they were good at skirmishing and fought well at Spotslvania.
As for the video, I think the most powerful line for me is when the ranger brings up that they didn't want to die that day, they wanted to survive the war and go back home. I think that is something I need to do a better job of remembering that those that died are people who had families, loved ones, farms or other occupations they would rather be at.