For Cause and Comrades

Written By James M. McPherson
For Cause and Comrades
  • Publsiher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 03 April 1997
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
  • Pages : 256 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 5 reviews
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Download or read book entitled For Cause and Comrades by author: James M. McPherson which was release on 03 April 1997 and published by Oxford University Press with total page 256 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. 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.

For Cause and Comrades

For Cause and Comrades
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1997-04-03
  • Total pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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 ...

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  • Author : Supersummary
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-09-11
  • Total pages : 54
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 53-page guide for "For Cause and Comrades" by James M. McPherson includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 12 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content ...

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-26
  • Total pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Originally published in 1964, The Struggle for Equality presents an incisive and vivid look at the abolitionist movement and the legal basis it provided to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James McPherson explores the role played by rights activists during and after the Civil War, ...

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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2008-12-10
  • Total pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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 ...

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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-10-07
  • Total pages : 352
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Summary : 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 ...

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  • Publisher : Macmillan Library Reference
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Total pages : 368
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Summary : 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....

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Total pages : 209
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Reviews how historians have explained the South's defeat, and examines the two sides' strategies, generals, advantages, and disadvantages...

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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-10-07
  • Total pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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 ...

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-02-01
  • Total pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story. It is the best concise introduction to Lincoln in print, a must-have volume for anyone interested in American history or in our ...

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  • Publisher : New York : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1988-06-16
  • Total pages : 904
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Focuses on the military campaigns, including strategy and logistics, military leaders, and common soldiers...

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  • Publisher : Pivotal Moments in American Hi
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Total pages : 203
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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....

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-10-01
  • Total pages : 96
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Summary : Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War....

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom shares a collection of thought-provoking essays on the Civil War, discussing the leaders of the era, the international impact of the war, slavery, the problems with the modern study of history, and other topics. UP....

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-10-12
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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 ...

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  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Total pages : 356
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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....