Life on a Civil War Battlefield

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
All too often historians tell the story of the Civil War by tracing the tactical aspects of a given battle, recounting the pedigree of a particular leader, or chronicling the facts that represent the atomistic features of historiography. In approaching history in these ways writers overlook the most elemental building block of the human saga. That building block is people, and the stories of their lives. Without putting a human face on history its study becomes divorced not only from the reader but also from the very people who created the historical events being reviewed. In this chapter of the "Understanding the Civil War" series readers are given a look behind the curtain into the lifestyles of the common soldiers who fought the war. Within the pages of this concisely written and carefully researched book, readers will encounter aspects of camp life, combat, culinary needs, and wellness that made up the lives of the over three million men who served in the opposing armed services during the course of the war. In providing this social history J. Matteson Claus does a fine job of offering readers a better understanding of just how challenging, perplexing, frightful, and lonely a soldier's life could be during the Civil War. This approach humanizes people whose struggles might otherwise, and in the hands of a less capable writer, be no more than dusty fodder for yet another boring rendition of historical fact. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778753407
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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