The War For The Common Soldier

The War for the Common Soldier
Publisher UNC Press Books
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Category History
Total Pages 408
ISBN 9781469643106
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael's sweeping new study of men at war. Based on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both the North and the South, Carmichael explores the totality of the Civil War experience--the marching, the fighting, the boredom, the idealism, the exhaustion, the punishments, and the frustrations of being away from families who often faced their own dire circumstances. Carmichael focuses not on what soldiers thought but rather how they thought. In doing so, he reveals how, to the shock of most men, well-established notions of duty or disobedience, morality or immorality, loyalty or disloyalty, and bravery or cowardice were blurred by war. Digging deeply into his soldiers' writing, Carmichael resists the idea that there was "a common soldier" but looks into their own words to find common threads in soldiers' experiences and ways of understanding what was happening around them. In the end, he argues that a pragmatic philosophy of soldiering emerged, guiding members of the rank and file as they struggled to live with the contradictory elements of their violent and volatile world. Soldiering in the Civil War, as Carmichael argues, was never a state of being but a process of becoming.

The War for the Common Soldier
  • Author : Peter S. Carmichael
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2018-11-02

How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael's sweeping new study of men at war. Based on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both

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The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War
  • Author : Leander Stillwell
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Release Date : 2019-12-18

"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War" is a personal account of Leander Stillwell, an officer of the Company D, Sixty-first Illinois Volunteers. Stillwell wrote in detail about the everyday life of a common soldier. His account is mainly focused on the Sixty-first Illinois

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The Life of Johnny Reb
  • Author : Bell Irvin Wiley
  • Publisher : LSU Press
  • Release Date : 1971

Offers a composite portrait of the Southern soldier during the Civil War

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Cold War Soldier
  • Author : Terry "Stoney" Burke
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Release Date : 2011-09-14

The danger of participating in live-fire exercises and a Christmas spent in a military prison are described in detail in this graphic picture of military life at the height of the Cold War. "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an ’iron curtain’ has descended across the

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Prussian Army Soldiers and the Seven Years  War
  • Author : Katrin Möbius,Sascha Möbius
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-10-31

The army of Frederick the Great of Prussia is generally known as an efficient fighting machine based on brutal and strict drill procedures that led to broken but fearless soldiers as well as glorious battle victories. In analysing the mentalities of the men who established Prussia's great power status, Prussian

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Motivation in War
  • Author : Ilya Berkovich
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-02

This book fundamentally revises our notion of why soldiers of the eighteenth century enlisted, served and fought. In contrast to traditional views of the brutal conditions supposedly prevailing in old-regime armies, Ilya Berkovich reveals that soldiers did not regard military discipline as illegitimate or unnecessarily cruel, nor did they perceive

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Civil War Soldiers
  • Author : Reid Mitchell
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Release Date : 1997

Provides insight into the men who fought a devastating war

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The Return of the Soldier
  • Author : Rebecca West
  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Release Date : 2010-09-21

The Return of the Soldier tells the story of a shell-shocked soldier who returns home from the First World War believing that he is in love with a working-class woman from his past, rather than married to his aristocratic wife. His family and doctor must decide whether to allow him

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Friendly Enemies
  • Author : Lauren K. Thompson
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2020-08

During the American Civil War, Union and Confederate soldiers commonly fraternized, despite strict prohibitions from the high command. When soldiers found themselves surrounded by privation, disease, and death, many risked their standing in the army, and ultimately their lives, for a warm cup of coffee or pinch of tobacco during

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Private Confederacies
  • Author : James J. Broomall
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2019-01-10

How did the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction shape the masculinity of white Confederate veterans? As James J. Broomall shows, the crisis of the war forced a reconfiguration of the emotional worlds of the men who took up arms for the South. Raised in an antebellum culture that demanded restraint

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Redcoats
  • Author : Stephen Brumwell
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-01-09

An examination of the experiences of British soldiers who fought in the Seven Years' War, first published in 2001.

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The Life of Billy Yank
  • Author : Bell Irvin Wiley
  • Publisher : LSU Press
  • Release Date : 2008-09-01

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

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Frontsoldaten
  • Author : Stephen G. Fritz
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2010-09-12

" Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May of 1942, complained that people forgot “the actions of simple soldiers....I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life.” In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and

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Soldier s Heart
  • Author : Gary Paulsen
  • Publisher : Laurel Leaf
  • Release Date : 2000

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

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One Soldier s War
  • Author : Arkady Babchenko
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2009-02-17

A visceral and unflinching memoir of a young Russian soldier’s experience in the Chechen wars. In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript

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