The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader

Author: Larry M. Logue Michael Barton
Publisher: New York University Press
Category: History Of The Americas, Modern History To 20th Century: C 1700 To C 1900, Military History, American Civil War, Military Life & Institutions
Age Group: 15+
Book Format: Paperback

This type of work would be especially valuable for assignment in the classroom.
— North & South

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.
— 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

In The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader, Michael Barton and Larry M. Logue present a valuable anthology of classic works and recent scholarship on the rank and file.
— The Journal of Southern History

This is a nice anthology, embodying much of the best available work on the Civil War soldier. It is a fine addition to the personal library, the university library, and to many a course syllabus.
— Journal of Military History

This Civil War sampler combines 19th-century battlefield accounts with past and contemporary scholoarship to offer a broad perspective on the historiographical issues scholars have raised concerning the soldiers' total experience.— Library Journal

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 bringstogether 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.

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
About Michael Barton
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.


SKU BK-9780814798805
Barcode # 9780814798805
Brand New York University Press
Artist / Author Larry M. Logue Michael Barton
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