The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy

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LSU Press, 2008 M01 1 - 480 pages
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In this companion to The Life of Johnny Reb, Bell Irvin Wiley explores the daily lives of the men in blue who fought to save the Union. With the help of many soldiers' letters and diaries, Wiley explains who these men were and why they fought, how they reacted to combat and the strain of prolonged conflict, and what they thought about the land and the people of Dixie. This fascinating social history reveals that while the Yanks and the Rebs fought for very different causes, the men on both sides were very much the same. "This wonderfully interesting book is the finest memorial the Union soldier is ever likely to have.... [Wiley] has written about the Northern troops with an admirable objectivity, with sympathy and understanding and profound respect for their fighting abilities. He has also written about them with fabulous learning and considerable pace and humor.

 

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Examines what the life of a common Confederate soldier would have been like. Much has been written aabout the generals but little of the men ib the ranks. Read full review

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First published in 1943, this is a classic text that dispels many of the myths and legends about the soldiers of the confederacy and reveals their lives during the war as revealed by letters, journals ... Read full review

Contents

BREAKING THE MONOTONY
CONSOLATIONS OF THE SPIRIT
DEAR FOLKS
KICKING OVER THE TRACES
THE DEADLIEST
THE GENTLER SENTIMENTS
MUZZLE LOADERS AND MAKESHIFTS
BLUE BELLIES AND BELOVED ENEMIES

BAD BEEF AND CORNBREAD
FROM FINERY TO TATTERS
TRIALS OF SOUL
WHAT MANNER OF
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Bell Irvin Wiley (1906--1980) was a professor emeritus of history at Emory University and one of America's preeminent Civil War historians. James I. Robertson, Jr., is the author of many books, including the award-winning Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend. Well known for his lectures across the country and his appearances in television documentaries, he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech.

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