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Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union

Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union


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Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union

In this companion to The Life of Johnny Reb, Bell Irvin Wiley explores the daily lives of the men in blue who fought to save the Union. With the help of many soldiers' letters and diaries, Wiley explains who these men were and why they fought, how they reacted to combat and the strain of prolonged conflict, and what they thought about the land and the people of Dixie. This fascinating social history reveals that while the Yanks and the Rebs fought for very different causes, the men on both sides were very much the same. "This wonderfully interesting book is the finest memorial the Union soldier is ever likely to have.... [Wiley] has written about the Northern troops with an admirable objectivity, with sympathy and understanding and profound respect for their fighting abilities. He has also written about them with fabulous learning and considerable pace and humor.

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ISBN-13: 9780807133750
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 438,767
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bell Irvin Wiley (1906—1980) was a professor emeritus of history at Emory University and one of America's preeminent Civil War historians.
James I. Robertson, Jr., is the author of many books, including the award-winning Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend. Well known for his lectures across the country and his appearances in television documentaries, he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech.

Table of Contents

Foreword James I. Robertson, Jr. 3 Preface 11 Introduction 15 I Southward Ho! 17 II From Reveille to Taps 45 III The Supreme Test 66 IV In Dixie Land 96 V Along Freedom Road 109 VI The Depths of Suffering 124 VII Gay and Happy Still 152 VIII Toeing the Mark 192 IX Hardtack, Salt Horse and Coffee 224 X Evil and Goodness 247 XI The Spirits Ebb and Flow 275 XII The Men Who Wore the Blue 296 XII Billy Yank and Johnny Reb 346 Notes 365 Bibliographical Notes 438 Index 447

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