Christopher Barry has been a history teacher for the past 32 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Hamilton College, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Social Studies from Wesleyan University. He has taught Advanced Placement United states History and a course on America's Civil War at Irvington High School, in Irvington, New York, for 22 years. His interest in the 65th NY Volunteer Infantry began when he researched his great-great grandfather's role in the regiment. No Flinching From Fire: The Sixty Fifth New York Volunteers in the Civil War is his first book. Mr Barry is also a track and cross country coach.
The 65th NY Volunteer infantry saw action in most of the key battles fought by the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War. One company of the regiment was raised in Tiffin, Ohio. The regiment fought at Fair Oaks/Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, and Fredericksburg in 1862. Playing a key role in the Chancellorsville campaign, marching 36 miles as part of the epic Sixth Corps march to Gettysburg, and finishing in 1863 as part of the successful assault at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, the "Chasseurs"(as the men called themselves, as they began the war as the First United States Chasseurs) were in the middle of the action throughout the war. 1864 saw the regiment begin the year as prison guards at Johnson's Island, Ohio. The men then braved General Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign in the spring 1864, facing the bloody battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, before ending up in front of Petersburg, Virginia. Spending the fall of 1864 with General Philip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley and playing key roles at the Battles of 3rd Winchester and Cedar Creek, the Chasseurs also participated in the Breakthrough at Petersburg in early April 1865, and then in the Appomattox denouement. Using numerous soldier letters, memoirs, and official records. No Flinching From Fire is the first history of the regiment. It reveals all the struggles, hardships, sacrifices, and bloodshed suffered by the men fighting to restore their country. Over 200 images, photos, and maps supplement and enrich this account of the 65th NY Volunteer Infantry.