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For Cause and Comrades

For Cause and Comrades
Why Men Fought in the Civil War

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 1997-04-03
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, he marveled, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that." Why did those men risk certain death, over and over again, through countless bloody battles and four long, awful years ? 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--why did they fight--that James McPherson, America's preeminent Civil War historian, 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. Motivated by duty and honor, and often by religious faith, these men wrote frequently of their firm belief in the cause for which they fought: the principles of liberty, freedom, justice, and patriotism. Soldiers on both sides harkened back to the Founding Fathers, and the ideals of the American Revolution. They fought to defend their country, either the Union--"the best Government ever made"--or the Confederate states, where their very homes and families were under siege. And they fought to defend their honor and manhood. "I should not lik to go home with the name of a couhard," one Massachusetts private wrote, and another private from Ohio said, "My wife would sooner hear of my death than my disgrace." Even after three years of bloody battles, more than half of the Union soldiers reenlisted voluntarily. "While duty calls me here and my country demands my services I should be willing to make the sacrifice," one man wrote to his protesting parents. And another soldier said simply, "I still love my country." 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 to create an account that is both deeply moving and far truer than most books on war. Battle Cry of Freedom, McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times, called "history writing of the highest order." For Cause and Comrades deserves similar accolades, as McPherson's masterful prose and the soldiers' own words combine to create both an important book on an often-overlooked aspect of our bloody Civil War, and a powerfully moving account of the men who fought it.

Fields of Fury

Fields of Fury
A Book

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2002-10-01
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 0689848331
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War.

Ordeal by Fire

Ordeal by Fire
The Civil War and Reconstruction

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill College
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 713
  • ISBN : 9780070458420
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An account of the period of reconstruction in America after the Civil War which aims to integrate political, social, economic, military and foreign policy issues in a narrative that proceeds chronologically.

Embattled Rebel

Embattled Rebel
Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2014-10-07
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0698176340
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy “The best concise book we have on the subject… McPherson is… our most distinguished scholar of the Civil War era.” —The New York Times Book Review History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. Many Americans of his own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, not to mention a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but that it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. Gravely ill throughout much of the Civil War, Davis nevertheless shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy—the quest for independent nationhood—with clarity and force. He exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy, and his close relationship with Robert E. Lee was one of the most effective military-civilian partnerships in history. Lucid and concise, Embattled Rebel presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War as seen from the desk of the South’s commander in chief.

The Negro's Civil War

The Negro's Civil War
How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2008-12-10
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0307488608
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their essential contributions to their own freedom. Through the words of these extraordinary participants, both Northern and Southern, McPherson captures African-American responses to emancipation, the shifting attitudes toward Lincoln and the life of black soldiers in the Union army. Above all, we are allowed to witness the dreams of a disenfranchised people eager to embrace the rights and the equality offered to them, finally, as citizens.

The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference

The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference
A Book

by Margaret E. Wagner,Gary W. Gallagher,Paul Finkelman

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2009-11-24
  • Pages : 976
  • ISBN : 1439148848
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A resource compiled by a panel of expert advisors and arranged by topic covers all aspects of the Civil War and is augmented by dozens of maps, more than 100 photos and informative tables and lists. Reprint.

Tried by War

Tried by War
Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2008-10-07
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1440652457
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author reveals how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander in chief as we know it As we celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this study by preeminent, bestselling Civil War historian James M. McPherson provides a rare, fresh take on one of the most enigmatic figures in American history. Tried by War offers a revelatory (and timely) portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. Suspenseful and inspiring, this is the story of how Lincoln, with almost no previous military experience before entering the White House, assumed the powers associated with the role of commander in chief, and through his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union.

Images of the Civil War

Images of the Civil War
A Book

by Mort Künstler,James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Gramercy
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Seventy-two paintings and factual text offer a look at the grimness of the American Civil War

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War
1862

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Macmillan Library Reference
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780028972725
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Volumes 1 through 5 cover the major battles of the Civil War chronologically from 1861 to 1865. Volume 6 contains biographies of key figures in this conflict.

What They Fought For, 1861-1865

What They Fought For, 1861-1865
A Book

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Turtleback Books
  • Release : 1995-03-01
  • Pages : 88
  • ISBN : 9780606265935
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For use in schools and libraries only. An analysis of the Civil War, drawing on letters and diaries by more than one thousand soldiers, gives voice to the personal reasons behind the war, offering insight into the ideology that shaped both sides.

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War 1865

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War 1865
A Book

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Macmillan Library Reference
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 159
  • ISBN : 9780028972756
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Volumes 1 through 5 cover the major battles of the Civil War chronologically from 1861 to 1865. Volume 6 contains biographies of key figures in this conflict.

Writing the Civil War

Writing the Civil War
The Quest to Understand

by James M. McPherson,William J. Cooper, Jr.

  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release : 2000-09-01
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN : 9781570033896
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Co-edited by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, a collection of essays by fourteen distinguished historians discusses the ongoing effort to chronicle the Civil War and trends in Civil War scholarship. History Alt. UP.

What They Fought For, 1861-1965

What They Fought For, 1861-1965
A Book

by James McPherson

  • Publisher : Turtleback
  • Release : 1995-01
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9780785783947
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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By using quotes from the letters and diaries of the soldiers in the field, the author adds flesh and blood to Johnny Reb and Billy Yank.

War on the Waters

War on the Waters
The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 0807835889
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A book with 23 illustrations, 19 maps, notes, a bibliography and an index offers a sweeping history of the Civil War navies in action.

Homesickness

Homesickness
An American History

by Susan J. Matt

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2011-09-08
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 0199913250
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Homesickness today is dismissed as a sign of immaturity, what children feel at summer camp, but in the nineteenth century it was recognized as a powerful emotion. When gold miners in California heard the tune "Home, Sweet Home," they sobbed. When Civil War soldiers became homesick, army doctors sent them home, lest they die. Such images don't fit with our national mythology, which celebrates the restless individualism of colonists, explorers, pioneers, soldiers, and immigrants who supposedly left home and never looked back. Using letters, diaries, memoirs, medical records, and psychological studies, this wide-ranging book uncovers the profound pain felt by Americans on the move from the country's founding until the present day. Susan Matt shows how colonists in Jamestown longed for and often returned to England, African Americans during the Great Migration yearned for their Southern homes, and immigrants nursed memories of Sicily and Guadalajara and, even after years in America, frequently traveled home. These iconic symbols of the undaunted, forward-looking American spirit were often homesick, hesitant, and reluctant voyagers. National ideology and modern psychology obscure this truth, portraying movement as easy, but in fact Americans had to learn how to leave home, learn to be individualists. Even today, in a global society that prizes movement and that condemns homesickness as a childish emotion, colleges counsel young adults and their families on how to manage the transition away from home, suburbanites pine for their old neighborhoods, and companies take seriously the emotional toll borne by relocated executives and road warriors. In the age of helicopter parents and boomerang kids, and the new social networks that sustain connections across the miles, Americans continue to assert the significance of home ties. By highlighting how Americans reacted to moving farther and farther from their roots, Homesickness: An American History revises long-held assumptions about home, mobility, and our national identity.

Crossroads of Freedom

Crossroads of Freedom
Antietam

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Pivotal Moments in American Hi
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 203
  • ISBN : 9780195173307
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian McPherson offers a masterful portrait of the bloodiest single day in American history, the Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862.

Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground
A Walk at Gettysburg

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release : 2009-02-04
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 0307529754
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks us through the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans: the Battle of Gettysburg. The events that occurred at Gettysburg are etched into our collective memory, as they served to change the course of the Civil War and with it the course of history. More than any other place in the United States, Gettysburg is indeed hallowed ground. It’s no surprise that it is one of the nation’s most visited sites (nearly two million annual visitors), attracting tourists, military buffs, and students of American history. McPherson, who has led countless tours of Gettysburg over the years, makes stops at Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill, and Little Round Top, among other key locations. He reflects on the meaning of the battle, describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater context of American and world history. Along the way, he intersperses stories of his own encounters with the place over several decades, as well as debunking several popular myths about the battle itself. What brought those 165,000 soldiers—75,000 Confederate, 90,000 Union—to Gettysburg? Why did they lock themselves in such a death grip across these once bucolic fields until 11,000 of them were killed or mortally wounded, another 29,000 were wounded and survived, and about 10,000 were “missing”—mostly captured? What was accomplished by all of this carnage? Join James M. McPherson on a walk across this hallowed ground as he be encompasses the depth of meaning and historical impact of a place that helped define the nation’s character. “[I]n a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract.” —President Abraham Lincoln

Ordeal by Fire: The coming of war

Ordeal by Fire: The coming of war
A Book

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill College
  • Release : 1993-01
  • Pages : 557
  • ISBN : 9780070458376
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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To give instructors who use this textbook maximum flexibility, the first two parts of Ordeal by Fire are now available as individual paperbacks. Volume one describes the social, economic, ideological and political conflicts that lead to war; Volume two will cover all aspects of the war itself. Both volumes try to go beyond the range of a standard textbook to capture the human drama and excitement of a tragic and transitional period in US history. For the second edition, Professor McPherson has incorporated new scholarship on blacks, women and other non-elite groups, including new material on women and workers in the antebellum US, women in the wartime North, and the home front in the confederacy.

This Mighty Scourge

This Mighty Scourge
Perspectives on the Civil War

by James M. McPherson

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2007-01-29
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780198042761
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world. Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

Blue or Gray: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Blue or Gray: Why Men Fought in the Civil War
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Social Studies
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1575962233
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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