The Resource For cause and comrades : why men fought in the Civil War, James M. McPherson

For cause and comrades : why men fought in the Civil War, James M. McPherson

Label
For cause and comrades : why men fought in the Civil War
Title
For cause and comrades
Title remainder
why men fought in the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
James M. McPherson
Title variation
  • Why men fought in the Civil War
  • For cause & comrades
Creator
Contributor
Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Why did the conventional wisdom -- that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses -- not hold true in the Civil War? It is to this question that Civil War historian James M. McPherson now turns his attention. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War remained powerfully convinced of the ideals for which they fought throughout the conflict. McPherson draws on more than 25,000 letters and nearly 250 private diaries from men on both sides. Civil War soldiers were among the most literate soldiers in history, and most of them wrote home frequently, as it was the only way for them to keep in touch with homes that many of them had left for the first time in their lives. Significantly, their letters were also uncensored by military authorities and are uniquely frank in their criticism and detailed in their reports of marches and battles, relations between officers and men, political debates, and morale. For Cause and Comrades lets these soldiers tell their own stories in their own words
Awards note
Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, 1998.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McPherson, James M
Dewey number
973.7
Index
index present
LC call number
E492.3
LC item number
.M38 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Confederate States of America
  • Soldiers
  • Combat
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
For cause and comrades : why men fought in the Civil War, James M. McPherson
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-232) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
This war is a crusade -- We were in earnest -- Anxious for the fray -- If I flinched I was ruined -- Religion is what makes brave soldiers -- Band of brothers -- On the altar of my country -- The cause of liberty -- Slavery must be cleaned out -- We know that we are supported at home -- Vengeance will be our motto -- The same holy cause
Control code
ocm34912692
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780195090239
Lccn
96024760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)34912692
Label
For cause and comrades : why men fought in the Civil War, James M. McPherson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
This war is a crusade -- We were in earnest -- Anxious for the fray -- If I flinched I was ruined -- Religion is what makes brave soldiers -- Band of brothers -- On the altar of my country -- The cause of liberty -- Slavery must be cleaned out -- We know that we are supported at home -- Vengeance will be our motto -- The same holy cause
Control code
ocm34912692
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780195090239
Lccn
96024760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)34912692

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