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From the Publisher"This book is a welcome addition to my list of Civil War volumes. It provides students with the perspectives of participant observers. It will be part of the required reading for my Civil War course."—Gregory B. Padgett, Ph.D., Eckerd College
"This is an excellent and eclectic collection of important perspectives on the Civil War. The ditor has achieved a careful balance in the tone and content of the works included in this very useful volume."—Professor Kenneth M. Startup, Williams Baptist College
"Readers with a genuine interest in the Civil War have already made this title something of a bestseller. It adds a new dimension to a familiar story, gives new insight into well-known thinkers, and introduces a few who are less famous."—KLIATT, November 1995
"An excellent contribution to Civil War literature....Helps to evoke that rare fullness that historians have been trying to create for over a century. His careful selection of writers and perceptive use of literary analysis will provide historians of the Civil War with new points of departure."—The Civil War News the Secession War it its emotional, artistic and literary relations."
"An illuminating sampling of the Civil War writings of 14 of the most respected and influential literary artists of that period....By including selections from a racial, regional, and sexual cross section of the Civil War population, Masur has attempted to provide a balanced overview of a crucial point in America history. Since this anthology is limited exclusively to writings penned during the course of the Civil War, the reader is treated to intimate and immediate impressions of that schismatic conflict. Highly recommended."—Booklist