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 ...

Fields of Fury

Fields of Fury
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-10-01
  • Total pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War....

Ordeal by Fire

Ordeal by Fire
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill College
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Total pages : 713
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • 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 : 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 ...

The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference

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  • Author : Margaret E. Wagner,Gary W. Gallagher,Paul Finkelman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-11-24
  • Total pages : 976
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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....

War on the Waters

War on the Waters
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Total pages : 277
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : A book with 23 illustrations, 19 maps, notes, a bibliography and an index offers a sweeping history of the Civil War navies in action....

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  • Author : Mort Künstler,James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Gramercy
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Total pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Seventy-two paintings and factual text offer a look at the grimness of the American Civil War...

The Civil War

The Civil War
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill College
  • Release Date : 2000-06-01
  • Total pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : Written by a leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, this text describes the social, economic, political, and ideological conflicts that led to a unique, tragic, and transitional event in American history. The third edition incorporates recent scholarship and addresses renewed areas of interest in the Civil War/Reconstruction ...

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Macmillan Library Reference
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Total pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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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....

Tried by War

Tried by War
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-10-07
  • Total pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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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 ...

Crossroads of Freedom

Crossroads of Freedom
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Total pages : 203
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : A masterful portrait of the bloody one-day battle that turned the tide of the American civil war By September 1862 the war was at a crossroads, with Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army poised to take Washington. But when the Confederates crossed the Virginia border to invade Maryland, the resulting battle at ...

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Writing the Civil War
  • Author : James M. McPherson,George Henry Davis `86 Professor of American History James M McPherson,William James Cooper (Jr.)
  • 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....

What They Fought For 1861 1865

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Turtleback Books
  • Release Date : 1995-03-01
  • Total pages : 88
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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Summary : 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

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  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Macmillan Library Reference
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Total pages : 159
  • ISBN : 9780199741052
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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....