Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee

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In this sophisticated quantitative study, Joseph T. Glatthaar provides a comprehensive narrative and statistical analysis of many key aspects of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Serving as a companion to Glatthaar's General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse, this book presents Glatthaar's supporting data and major conclusions in extensive and extraordinary detail.

While gathering research materials for General Lee's Army, Glatthaar compiled quantitative data...

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Overview

In this sophisticated quantitative study, Joseph T. Glatthaar provides a comprehensive narrative and statistical analysis of many key aspects of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Serving as a companion to Glatthaar's General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse, this book presents Glatthaar's supporting data and major conclusions in extensive and extraordinary detail.

While gathering research materials for General Lee's Army, Glatthaar compiled quantitative data on the background and service of 600 randomly selected soldiers--150 artillerists, 150 cavalrymen, and 300 infantrymen--affording him fascinating insight into the prewar and wartime experience of Lee's troops. Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia presents the full details of this fresh, important primary research in a way that is useful to scholars and students and appeals to anyone with a serious interest in the Civil War. While confirming much of what is believed about the army, Glatthaar's evidence challenges some conventional thinking in significant ways, such as showing that nearly half of all Lee's soldiers lived in slaveholding households (a number higher than previously thought), and provides a broader and fuller portrait of the men who served under General Lee.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The importance of this work cannot be understated. This is a new milestone in historiography of the Civil War soldier."--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

"The preeminent statistical study of Lee's Army."--Tennessee Historical Quarterly

"Nicely detailed and easy to comprehend."--Register of The Kentucky Historical Society

"A valuable resource for Civil War historians and a must-read for serious scholars of the Army of Northern Virginia. . . . A superb example of the fruitful potential that quantitative study holds for other Civil War topics."--North Carolina Historical Review

"This text is full of such fine-grained data on every facet of the soldiering population."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"A book that anyone interested in researching or learning more about the Army of Northern Virginia should examine."--Blue & Gray Magazine

" Glatthaar has produced a study that should not be ignored."--Journal of American History

"Professor Glatthaar's book is a wellspring of solid data concerning the Army of Northern Virginia. It should not be overlooked by anyone interested in improving his understanding of the Civil War." --On Point

From the Publisher
"A valuable resource for Civil War historians and a must-read for serious scholars of the Army of Northern Virginia. . . . A superb example of the fruitful potential that quantitative study holds for other Civil War topics."
-North Carolina Historical Review

"Professor Glatthaar's book is a wellspring of solid data concerning the Army of Northern Virginia. It should not be overlooked by anyone interested in improving his understanding of the Civil War."
-On Point

"This text is full of such fine-grained data on every facet of the soldiering population."
-Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Nicely detailed and easy to comprehend."
-Register of The Kentucky Historical Society

"The most comprehensive profile of a Civil War army ever assembled. . . . A work that is sure to endure as a standard reference on Civil War soldiers for many years to come."
-Journal of Southern History

"A must-have reference volume."
-Journal of America's Military Past

"The preeminent statistical study of Lee's Army."
-Tennessee Historical Quarterly

"A book that anyone interested in researching or learning more about the Army of Northern Virginia should examine."
-Blue & Gray Magazine

"Scholars, Civil War enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in the Army of Northern Virginia must read this first-rate piece of research and analysis by Glatthaar. It will be a highly useful companion to his narrative history, General Lee's Army, and is sure to become one of the most cited reference works on any Civil War army."—Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Lee's Colonels

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807834923
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,120,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph T. Glatthaar is Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 The Army 1

2 The Infantry 21

3 The Cavalry 33

4 The Artillery 44

5 Northern‐ and Foreign‐Born Soldiers 57

6 Upper and Lower South 68

7 Officers and Enlisted Men 83

8 Year of Enlistment 97

9 Age 115

10 Marriage and Fatherhood 127

11 Economic Class 140

12 Slaveholding 154

Conclusion 166

Notes 179

Sources 201

Index 203

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Extend and expand your knowledge

    Joseph T. Glatthaar gathered an astounding amount of data when writing "General Lee's Army", much of it only partially used. This book puts that data to use in a very impressive statistical look at the Army of Northern Virginia. The AoNV is a mythic army in American lore that uses outstanding leadership and hard hitting to overcome serious obstacles. The composition and background of the men who were able to develop and maintain such a high motivation during the war is the subject of this book. I know of no other book that looks at this army in such detail. The publisher advertises this book as a "companion" to the first book. While that is true, I feel this book will be indispensible for anyone wishing to study the Army of Northern Virginia. It can and will stand on its' own as a "must have" for any serious Civil War library. Working from a base of 600 members of the AoNV, the author produces a quantitative study of astounding detail. The greatest danger is that others will attempt to extend these statistics to Civil War armies in general.
    Chapter One, The Army, is full of nuggets of information and is a delight to read. "Conclusions" is a very well written ten-page essay on his findings. The chapter on each branch of the service shows the differences between them and contains some real surprises. The balance of the book, analyses the army based on an assortment of items. This includes place of birth, year of enlistment, age, marital status and number of children. Each of the 12 chapters contains a series of bar graphs and narrative. If you are just sitting and reading the book, this can be repetitious. If you are looking for a statistic, this is vital and necessary.
    Joseph T. Glatthaar is a good writer who can say similar things many times without being boring. Additionally, I always managed to find a "WOW!" to keep my attention going. This is a book for the very serious student of the war. It is not a casual read but will extend and enhance the reader's knowledge.

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