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Battle: The Nature and Consequences of Civil War Combat Hardcover – May 9, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0817316228 ISBN-10: 0817316221 Edition: 1st Edition

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (May 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817316221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817316228
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Congratulations to Gramm and his contributors on their good work. Battle has greater cohesion than most collections of its kind. It will appeal to both specialists and general readers.”
—Perry D. Jamieson, coauthor of Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage

About the Author

Kent Gramm is Professor of English at Wheaton College, Illinois, and author of November: Lincoln’s Elegy at Gettysburg and Somebody’s Darling: Essays on the Civil War.

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By Bernard Lavallee on June 29, 2014
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I'd recommend this book to anyone. the first two chapters are especially interesting and strive to set many illusions straight. War is simply not what people think it is. Get the book and read it through.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By history buff in se PA on April 23, 2013
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Hartwig's Gettysburg & Evans' Medical Care essays are alone worth the $.
* 6 essays from several Seminary Ridge Symposia, Gettysburg, PA consider the consequences of Civil War combat on the individual (psychological & physical) and at the national level.
* "The Civil War has become the story of our [American] identity - a `myth' ... which is the collective memory of a people about their past, which sustains a belief system that shapes their view of the world ..." (p.x) Definition from James M. McPherson in This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War, NYC: Oxford, 2007, p94.
* Afterword, p140-42.
1. Paul Fussell, "Reflections on the Culture of War," p1-11.
Robert E; Lee allegedly remarked to James Longstreet while viewing the advancing Union Army of the Potomac at Fredericksburg, VA, in Dec. 1863: "It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it." Fussell's words are more direct; delivering a body blow to the gut or a kick in the groin. "Combat is usually [described in] a sort of heroic euphemism. There's no combat involved. It is brutal, man-to-man fighting" (p1).
The Culture of War. Defining "culture [is] not designating merely artistic or ennobling activities but the general forms & usages & techniques of a given society, including military society. [Fussell uses] it in a quasi-anthropological sense" as did T.S. Eliot. "To Eliot, culture includes all the characteristic activities and interests of a people." (p4) "It is a culture hard for civilians to understand, because civilians occupy a world, thank God, that is in large part rational and predictable, a world that makes sense in an old-fashion way" (p5).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Murphy on January 10, 2013
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This is an excellent book dealing wiht Civil War combat and it's effet on the soldier, ie: wounds, care, after battle shock, etc. I would recomend this book for the more advanced student of the Civil War, it is not for the general reader.
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