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The War for the Common SoldierHow Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies$
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Peter S. Carmichael

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643090

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643090.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The War for the Common Soldier
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Gary W. Gallagher, T. Michael Parrish
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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643090.003.0001

This book seeks to reconstruct the totality of the military experience by pursuing three questions. What were the cultural and ideological boundaries that framed the world as Civil War soldiers imagine it? How did soldiers respond to those moments when they felt hemmed in by the sentimental expectations of society, the military’s need for discipline, and the pleas for help from home? How did soldiers intellectually and practically navigate moments of doubt, when the nature of knowledge and its relationship to truth was overturned by war?

Keywords:   Civil War soldiers, ideology, culture, civilians, gender, emotional history, cultural representation, act of writing, pragmatism

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