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The war for the common soldier : how men thought, fought, and survived in Civil War armies / Peter S. Carmichael.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.

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Kirtland Community College Library E 607 .C37 2018 30775305552813 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781469643090
  • ISBN: 146964309X
  • Physical Description: 392 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-379) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Comrades, camp, and community -- Providence and cheerfulness -- Writing home -- Courage and cowardice -- Desertion and military justice -- Facing the enemy and confronting defeat -- The trophies of victory and the relics of defeat.
Summary, etc.:
"Based on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both the North and the South, Carmichael explores the totality of the Civil War experience--the marching, the fighting, the boredom, the idealism, the exhaustion, the punishments, and the frustrations of being away from families who often faced their own dire circumstances"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: United States. Army > Military life.
Confederate States of America. Army > Military life.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.

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The War for the Common Soldier : How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies
The War for the Common Soldier : How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies
by Carmichael, Peter S.
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The War for the Common Soldier : How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies


Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

With The War for the Common Soldier, Carmichael (Gettysburg College) has produced a much-needed update of the experience of the Civil War's fighting men on both sides of the ideological divide. Through a selection of "case studies," he gives readers almost the full spectrum of wartime experience, from life in camp and relations with the home front to the shock of battle and its aftermath, whether victory or defeat. He illustrates his main points with extensive quotations from primary sources plus a variety of contemporary illustrations that significantly add to the context. Carmichael is both an experienced author and a versatile presenter, and it shows; though the main text is just over 300 pages, his presentation has both breadth and depth. It is, in all, a major achievement. Excellent on its own, it will be particularly useful when paired with many of the detailed studies of wartime experience, e.g. Gerald Linderman's classic Embattled Courage (CH, Sep '87); Lorien Foote's work on discipline in the Union Army, The Gentlemen and the Roughs (CH, Apr'11, 48-4668); and the large and growing body of work on the home front, both North and South. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates and general readers. --Brian Edward Donovan, University of Iowa

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