Professor McPherson posits that the common rank-and-file soldiers did indeed hold political and ideological beliefs that prodded them to enlist and to fight. His research is based on letters and diaries from 1,076 Union and Confederate soldiers. These reveal many motivations, but always they lead back to duty, honor, and a cause worth dying for. For Cause and Comrades is a fascinating exploration of the 19th-century mind--a mind, it seems, that differs profoundly from our own. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in the Civil War or military history.
McPherson has weaved together a very well written study of what motivated soldiers, both North and South, to fight in the Civil War.
McPherson quotes extensively from letters and diaries written during the war, so most of the accounts are first-hand.
I read this some months ago and recall it being a struggle. It is more of a disjointed set of stories and letters with far too many names to remember and keep track of. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Raymond
McPherson knows what he's about!! This book is incredible, a must read for everyone interested in the Civil War. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read many McPherson books and as usual this one was the same. A well-researched book with an obvious anti-Confederate slant. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Truth Seeker
McPherson never disappoints. He integrates letters and diaries seamlessly into the narrative which is a moving account of soldiers fighting in the most horrific circumstances who... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Colleen Browne
I enjoy author McPherson's style and the way he presents his material; he's very readable and one can grasp what he's saying quite readily. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jake
James McPherson's exploration of the Civil War soldiers' minds is based on the close reading of letters and diaries of more than 1,000 men. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patrick Young
A Great insight as to how The soldiers of both sides of The Civil War felt about the war and why they were in it.Published 11 months ago by R. Williams
SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN ALL AP US HISTORY CLASSES.
I USE THIS DATA AS THE HEART OF MY VETERANS DAY TALKS AT SEVERAL VFW AND LEGION POSTS. Read more
This book was intriguing, but it was not my favorite book to read. It gave the reader insight into the reasons men fought this battle, and surprisingly it wasn't all about... Read morePublished 12 months ago by T.