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Huts and History: The Historical Archaeology of Military Encampment During the American Civil War Hardcover – June 30, 2006

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"Not only plumbs the fascinating history of encampments, it establishes new models for their study, emphasizing innovative and non-traditional methods to delve into the data sets that really give us insight into a soldier's life in the field."

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“Huts and History moves beyond archaeological interest in battlefield sites, tactics and artifacts to focus on a soldier’s most common activity—life in camp. This book will prove interesting to a wide variety of historical and military archaeologists, preservationists and historians; and to those with a general interest in eighteenth and nineteenth century conflicts.”—G. Michael Pratt, director, Center for Historic and Military Archaeology, and professor of anthropology, Heidelberg College
 
“[N]ot only plumbs the fascinating history of encampments, it establishes new models for their study, emphasizing innovative and non-traditional methods to delve into the data sets that really give us insight into a soldier’s life in the field.”—Douglas D. Scott, National Park Service Midwest Archaeological Center
 
The American Civil War soldier, confined much of the time to his camp, suffered from boredom and sickness. Encampment was not only tedious but detrimental to his health; far more soldiers died of diseases from sharing close quarters with their comrades than from wounds on the battlefield. Until now, archaeologists have concentrated their study on the battle sites and overlooked the importance of the camps. This edited collection is the first dedicated to the archaeology of Civil War encampments. The authors contend that intensive study to interpret and preserve these sites will help to ensure their protection as well as expand our understanding of the 19th-century soldier’s life.
Whether they mobilized tens of thousands of men for training or taught maneuvers to smaller groups, encampments are significant in several ways: as “cultural landscapes” characterized by architectural features, as socially and politically organized “mobile communities,” and as infrastructures created to support soldiers’ needs. The authors’ techniques can be applied to camps not only of the Civil War but the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Indian campaign. 
 
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813029414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813029412
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If this item were priced a $15 I might purchase it but I steadfastly refuse to spend 4X that sum for something that may have little relevance to what I'm working on. When, oh when, will Amazon require that the product description include the table of contents or something that tells the propsective purchaser what the book contains? Yes, I'm interested in Civil War "encampments" but I am reluctant to extrapolate to my area of interest, Middle Tennessee, anything that someone may have written about Louisiana or Virginia. In the absence of a Table of Contents I am not willing to buy any book based on its title and self-promoting product description. I gave this 3 stars without reading it because Amazon would not let me post this review without giving it a rating.
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Huts and History's strengths include the diversity of the authors' perspectives. The esaays are part scholarly approach to Civil War encampments and part sleuthing. Among the many strong essays is "Finding Civil War Sites: What Relic hunters Know, Whate Archaelogists Should and Need To Know." Recommended for graduate library collections and Civil War buffs who spend several weekends a year walking Civil War sites and trails.
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Great reference guide about Civil War winter camp sites and how soldiers dug and built their winter quarters! Also Great price!
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