In his last post, Hugh Dubrulle compared the social composition of the 5th New Hampshire to the Texas Brigade. At the conclusion of that post, he surmised that substantial differences in social composition helped explain important differences in the culture of the units—especially the relationship between officers and men. Here he continues to explore these differences by highlighting the contrasts in the cultures of the two units.


In the fall of 1861, Confederate authorities appointed a “Colonel Shaller” to command the 5th Texas. Shaller traveled several miles outside of Richmond to Camp

In this post for the H-CivWar Author's Blog, Hugh Dubrulle of Saint Anselm College discusses one question relevant to his work on how the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry dealt with trauma: what was it about the regiment's social composition and culture that allowed it to suffer huge losses and keep fighting? In responding to this question, Dubrulle compares the social composition of the 5th New Hampshire to another famed Civil War regiment, the 1st Texas. This comparison sets the stage for a follow-up post contrasting the culture of the two regiments that will appear later.

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