For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War is a book by Pulitzer prize-winning author James M. McPherson. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 1997 and covers the lives and ideals of American Civil War soldiers from both.
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War is a book by Pulitzer prize-winning author James M. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 1997 and covers the lives and ideals of American Civil War soldiers from both sides of the war. Drawing from a compilation of over 25,000 letters and 250 personal diaries, For Cause and Comrades tells the story of the American Civil War's soldiers through their own uncensored point of view.
McPherson, For Cause and Comrades, will make all of us rethink the meaning of the Civil Wa. A brilliant analysis of why they fought by a master of Civil War lore and history. Vann Woodward, Sterling Professor of History, Emeritus, Yale University.
McPherson, For Cause and Comrades, will make all of us rethink the meaning of the Civil War. By asking why men fought, and looking to the diaries and letters to see how and why they thought about war and its moral and ideological costs and consequences, McPherson puts us into the soul of America. -Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's University.
McPherson James M. (EN). General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, he marveled, You couldnt get American soldiers today to make an attack like that.
For Cause and Comrades is a fascinating exploration of the 19th-century mind .
For Cause and Comrades is a fascinating exploration of the 19th-century mind-a mind, it seems, that differs profoundly from our own. From School Library Journal. 4 people found this helpful. Mr. McPherson gives the reader the view of the thoughts and life of soldiers and officers from the North and South in the Civil War through their own letters. As a reader I wanted to know these men's names, what they looked like, and more about their families. Usually this was not possible, but the letters are presented as the men wrote them in their words.
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FOR CAUSE and. COMRADES. Why Men Fought the Civil Wa r. In. James M. Books by James The Struggle for Equality: M. Abolitionists. War. and Reconstruction (1964). New York Oxford Oxford University Press 1997. Oxford University Press. From such writings I have come to know these men better than I know most of my living acquaintances, for in their personal letters. written in a time of crisis that might end their lives at any.
For Cause and Comrades deserves similar accolades, as McPherson's masterful . James McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History at Princeton University where he has taught since 1962.
James McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History at Princeton University where he has taught since 1962. The author of eleven books on the Civil War era of American History, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom.
For Cause and Comrades book. Although Professor James McPherson wrote this study of the motivation of the Civil War soldier, it is not a great exaggeration to say that in this book the soldiers speak for themselves. Professor McPherson has read and analyzed a prodigious amount of source material written by Civil War combatants, Union and Confederacy, officer and enlisted soldier. For this book, he has taken a sample of the letters home and the diaries of 1076 soldiers, 647 Union and 429 Confederate Duty, Honor, And Devotion.
To find the wellsprings of Civil War valor, James McPherson has read 249 .
To find the wellsprings of Civil War valor, James McPherson has read 249 diaries and at least 25,000 letters of 1,076 Civil War soldiers. It would be close to the truth," he writes, "to say that Civil War soldiers wrote" For Cause and Comrades. As McPherson points out, his book comes in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War made some understandings of the Civil War experience untenable. It is part of the genius of For Cause and Comrades that McPherson does not only argue that Civil War soldiers "knew what they were fighting fo.