Counters for Wessell’s Brigade (2nd) of the 2nd Division of the IV Corps. This was another of the brigades in Casey’s Division. While researching the various regiments, I found that the 101st and 103rd PA regiments both had extensive appendices relating to the Battle of Seven Pines http://archive.org/stream/historyof101stre00reed#page/142/mode/2up
The issue is that of the several divisions that took part in the battle, only Casey’s was blatantly noted for poor performance. Casey and his men were extremely upset by the disparaging reports of their conduct during the battle. They wanted to set the record straight. In the beginning of the appendix of the 101st, the author states:
"No large body of troops engaged in the Civil War was treated with greater injustice than Casey’s Division of the Fourth Army Corps attached to the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign under General McClellan…No battle of the Civil War has been more represented than the Battle of Fair Oaks."
This was written more than 50 years after the end of the war. This reputation had a serious effect: The Inspector General reviewed the casualties and returns of the battle and concluded that the Division should be broken up, but the brigades left intact. And in fact, after the Peninsula Campaign, the IV Corp of the AotP was disbanded and never reconstituted.
For the most part, I am inclined to believe the accounts of those who feel that they were given a bum rap by history. I still need to go through the 3rd brigade’s histories, but at this point, I will re-evaluate the morale given to most of the units and may even dedicate the game to the memory of the men in Casey’s Division.
However, I think that the 96th NY deserves their poor morale (a “D”) because of the hatred the men felt for Col Fairman. He was tyrannical, unfair, uncouth and more. He was brought before a court martial because of his ungentlemanly and unofficerlike conduct. He would often go off and sleep away from camp, call his men jackasses and berate the line officers in front of their men.