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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

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War Matters
Ronald J. Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray
University of North Carolina Press

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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