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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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Writing Home

Writing Home

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(p.100) 3 Writing Home
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The War for the Common Soldier
Author(s):
Gary W. Gallagher, T. Michael Parrish
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643090.003.0004

This chapter focuses on how Civil War Soldiers composed their stories. The language, aesthetics, and writing style can tell us much about the cultural context that structured how they thought and they expressed themselves on paper. Paying careful attention to how soldiers’ words came to be articulated reveals the cultural screens through which Civil War Americans perceived and interpreted their experiences, then projected them onto paper.

Keywords:   Civil War soldiers, letter writing, sentimentalism, cultural representations, cultural depictions, illiteracy, language, aesthetics, writing style

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