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The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader

The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader

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In 1943, Bell Wiley's groundbreaking book Johnny Reb launched a new area of study: the history of the common soldier in the U.S. Civil War. This anthology brings together landmark scholarship on the subject, from a 19th century account of life as a soldier to contemporary work on women who, disguised as men, joined the army.

One of the only available compilations on the subject, The Civil War Soldier answers a wide range of provocative questions: What were the differences between Union and Confederate soldiers? What were soldiers' motivations for joining the army—their "will to combat"? How can we evaluate the psychological impact of military service on individual morale? Is there a basis for comparison between the experiences of Civil War soldiers and those who fought in World War II or Vietnam? How did the experiences of black soldiers in the Union army differ from those of their white comrades? And why were southern soldiers especially drawn to evangelical preaching?

Offering a host of diverse perspectives on these issues, The Civil War Soldier is the perfect introduction to the topic, for the student and the Civil War enthusiast alike.

Contributors: Michael Barton, Eric T. Dean, David Donald, Drew Gilpin Faust, Joseph Allen Frank, James W. Geary, Joseph T. Glaatthaar, Paddy Griffith, Earl J. Hess, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Perry D. Jamieson, Elizabeth D. Leonard, Gerald F. Linderman, Larry Logue, Pete Maslowski, Carlton McCarthy, James M. McPherson, Grady McWhiney, Reid Mitchell, George A. Reaves, Jr., James I. Robertson, Fred A. Shannon, Maris A. Vinovskis, and Bell Irvin Wiley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814798805
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 515
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Michael Barton is professor of American studies and social science at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg and author of Goodmen: The Character of Civil War Soldiers. Logue and Barton are co-editors of The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader (NYU Press, 2002).

Larry Logue is Professor of History and Political Science at Mississippi College.

Table of Contents

1 What Manner of Men

2 Have Social Historians Lost the Civil War?

3 Who Joined the Confederate Army?

4 Yankee Recruits, Conscripts, and Illegal Evaders

5 To “Don the Breeches, and Slay Them with a Will!”

6 On the March

7 The Life of the Common Soldier in the Union Army, 1861–1865

8 From Finery to Tatters

9 Fun, Frolics, and Firewater

10 The Negro as a Soldier

11 Heroes and Cowards

12 The Confederate as a Fighting Man

13 The Rebels Are Barbarians

14 The Infantry Firefight

15 Leaving Their Mark on the Battlefield

16 The Nature of Battle

17 Trials of Soul

18 A Study of Morale in Civil War Soldiers

19 Christian Soldiers

20 From Volunteer to Soldier

21 Emotional Responses to Combat

22 “Dangled over Hell”

23 The Values of Civil War Soldiers

24 Embattled Courage

25 On the Altar of My Country

26 Holding On

27 The Civil War Soldier and the Art of Dying

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Understanding what convinced Civil War soldiers to lay down their lives for “the cause,” North AND South, is perhaps the hardest part of teaching about making sense of the war. This excellent collection of selections from leading scholars on who the soldiers were, how they lived, and why they fought is a fine introduction to years of research that seeks to answer that question.”

-Janet Coryell,Western Michigan University

“Presenting a variety of viewpoints, the book will be of interest to all Civil War devotees.”


"This type of work would be especially valuable for assignment in the classroom."

-North & South,

"Presenting a variety of viewpoints, the book will be of interest to all Civil War devotees."

-Booklist,August 2002

"This is a fine collection which lends itself to classroom use and to the edification of non-specialists."

-Indiana Magazine of History

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