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War MattersMaterial Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Joan E. Cashin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.001.0001

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Saved by a Testament

Saved by a Testament

Books as Shields among Union and Confederate Soldiers

Chapter:
(p.75) 4 Saved by a Testament
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War Matters
Author(s):
Ronald J. Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.003.0005

In both armies, soldiers and officers carried books with them during the war. Some of them carried pocket-size Bibles, and over a hundred times those books literally saved their lives by stopping bullets. Those troops interpreted this as divine intervention and saved the Bibles for years afterwards as precious relics.

Keywords:   Soldiers, Books, Book-shields, Bibles, King James Bible, New Testament, Religious faith, Protestants, Catholics, American Bible Society

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