For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War / Edition 1

For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War / Edition 1

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by James M. McPherson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195090233

ISBN-13: 9780195090239

Pub. Date: 04/03/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Why did the conventional wisdom - that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses - not hold true in the Civil War?. It is to this question - why did they fight - that James M. McPherson, America's preeminent Civil War historian, now turns his attention. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War…  See more details below

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Why did the conventional wisdom - that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses - not hold true in the Civil War?. It is to this question - why did they fight - that James M. McPherson, America's preeminent Civil War historian, now turns his attention. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War remained powerfully convinced of the ideals for which they fought throughout the conflict. McPherson draws on more than 25,000 letters and nearly 250 private diaries from men on both sides. Civil War soldiers were among the most literate soldiers in history, and most of them wrote home frequently, as it was the only way for them to keep in touch with homes that many of them had left for the first time in their lives. Significantly, their letters were also uncensored by military authorities and are uniquely frank in their criticism and detailed in their reports of marches and battles, relations between officers and men, political debates, and morale. For Cause and Comrades lets these soldiers tell their own stories in their own words to create an account that is both deeply moving and far truer than most books on war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195090239
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/03/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. THIS WAR IS A CRUSADE3
2. WE WERE IN EARNEST14
3. ANXIOUS FOR THE FRAY30
4. IF I FLINCHED I WAS RUINED46
5. RELIGION IS WHAT MAKES BRAVE SOLDIERS62
6. A. BAND OF BROTHERS77
7. ON THE ALTAR OF MY COUNTRY90
8. THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY104
9. SLAVERY MUST BE CLEANED OUT117
10. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SUPPORTED AT HOME131
11. VENGEANCE WILL BE OUR MOTTO148
12. THE SAME HOLY CAUSE163
Appendix179
Table 1. Geographical Distribution of Confederate Soldiers179
Table 2. Geographical Distribution of White Union Soldiers180
Table 3. Occupations of Confederate Soldiers181
Table 4. Occupations of White Union Soldiers182
A Note on Sources183
Abbreviations in Notes187
Notes189
Index233

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For Cause and Comrades 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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In this book, McPherson helps one to understand the civil war from the perspective of those who fought and shows how the rational for it changed. This book is easily readable.