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Confederate Infantrymen of the Civil War

Confederate Infantrymen of the Civil War

by Ian Drury

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Children's Literature
This entry in the "Soldier's Life" series is concentrated on the infantrymen who bore the brunt of the fighting and casualties during the Civil War. Following an overview of the rise of the Confederate Army and a timeline of the Civil War, there is a fairly detailed narrative that examines recruitment, training, equipment, uniforms and weapons. The author is quick to note the fighting spirit of the men but unbiased in his assessment of their inferior weapons, uniforms, and food supply. The section on disease and Confederate causalities is noteworthy. There is excellent information on tactics, describing skirmishes, entrenchments, and advance rushes so that even the novice will grasp their differences and importance. The writing is authoritative, comprehensive, and filled with the minutiae that a Civil war buff will find immensely interesting. Archival photos are used extensively as well as personal narratives taken from period letters, diaries, and reports. Or special note is the section of color plates depicting such things as equipment, winter quarters, and most poignant of all, a retreat toward the War's end meticulously explained in an addendum. The selected bibliography contains works of noted historians that would not be suited to the casual reader. The typeface is small and the pages dense with text, but there is a wealth of fascinating information that will appeal to those who just can't learn enough about the Civil War. 2003 (1993), Raintree,
— Beverley Fahey

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Heinemann Library
Publication date:
A Soldier’s Life Series
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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