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For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780195124996
Author(s): James M. McPherson
Format: Paperback
Year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 138 x 207 x 12 (w x l x h)
Pages: 237

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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 sta Please click here to ask a question
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