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For cause and comrades - why men fought in the Civil War
James M McPherson
Paperback / softback
Oxford University Press
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James M. McPherson is acclaimed as one of the finest historians writing today and a preeminent commentator on the Civil War. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of that conflict, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times, called `history writing of the highest order.' Now, McPherson has brilliantly recreated the war and battle experience of that war from the point of view of the soldiers themselves,drawing on at least 25,000 letters written by over 1000 soldiers, both Union and Confederate. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, these men remained highly motivated and idealistic about the cause for which they fought, regardless of the obstacles and deprivation that they faced.

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James McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History at Princeton University where he has taught since 1962. The author of eleven books on the Civil War era of American History, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom.

This is an extraordinary book, full of fascinating details and moving self-portraits.

The Wall Street Journal

Keyword Index
Soldiers - United States - Psychology - History - 19th century.|United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.|United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Psychological aspects.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
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