The Fighting Men of the Civil War

The Fighting Men of the Civil War

by William C. Davis, Russ A. Pritchard
     
 

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Even though the Civil War is among the best-documented wars in world history, the story of the individual soldier is not well documented. What is the story of the men in blue and gray? In The Fighting Men of the Civil War, William C. Davis shows us that for these soldiers the Civil War was far removed from politics, from the great question of slavery, even

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Even though the Civil War is among the best-documented wars in world history, the story of the individual soldier is not well documented. What is the story of the men in blue and gray? In The Fighting Men of the Civil War, William C. Davis shows us that for these soldiers the Civil War was far removed from politics, from the great question of slavery, even from the movement of armies.

Shifting his focus from the officer to the men in the ranks, he begins with enlistment and training, follows with life in the camp and on the march, and concludes with experiences of combat, imprisonment, and sickness. Following the men through a wealth of anecdotes and firsthand accounts. Davis brings us the reality of war. Each branch of the service is highlighted, as are combatants such as sailors in both navies and the many African-American troops traditionally denied the limelight.

Camp life, uniforms, weapons, and a host of personal items are featured in a series of specially commissioned photographs - together with illustrations of there arms, armament, and uniforms of both Confederate and Federal forces.

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From enlistment and training, to life in camp and on the march, Davis (author of several books on Southern history and the Civil War) reveals the reality of the common soldier's experience in the Civil War through a wealth of anecdotes and first-hand accounts. He highlights each branch of the service, including those combatants who have traditionally remained out of the limelight. Specially commissioned photographs depict their lives in camp, their uniforms and weapons, and other personal items. Other illustrations include artifacts, contemporary war photographs, and artworks of some of the war's major items of arms, equipment, and uniforms of both Confederate and Federal forces. Oversize: 10.50x13.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806130606
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Rebels and Yankees Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 12.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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William C. Davis is professor of history at Virginia Tech and Director of Programs at Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. He has written more than fifty books on the Civil War and Southern history.

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