"A splendid synthesis in the emerging field of postwar studies."
-Journal of Social History
"A first rate study.... Well-written with well-placed illustrations and photographs, this will become a definitive work on the subject."
-American Nineteenth Century History
"Sing Not War
is a first-rate scholarly model of historical research and elegant writing that is sure to reshape studies of veteran culture, social welfare, Civil War memory, and the Gilded Age."
-Journal of the Civil War Era
"Adds much to a growing literature on the Civil War soldier as veteran."
-Journal of Illinois History
"Deeply researched and vividly narrated, Marten's book counters the romanticized vision of the lives of Civil War veterans, bringing forth new information about how white veterans were treated and how they lived out their lives."
"A carefully crafted volume that weaves together a complex variety of evidence and argument."--
-Journal Of Southern History
"[An] insightful work. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
"An important contribution to the growing literature on Civil War veterans."
-Journal of American History
"A reminder of the lingering presence of the Civil War in the decades after the last shots were fired on the battlefield. . . . Sing Not War
fulfills the desire expressed publicly by many Union and Confederate veterans--to be remembered in the history books."
-The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Engaging, well written, and exhaustive. . . . A timely and relevant account of the consequences of war on soldiers and civilians alike."
-Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"Presents a fascinating look at one of the most understudied topics of the Civil War, demonstrating the complexity and human toll of the nation's bloodiest conflict."
-Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Marten's own engaging and pithy prose makes this work highly readable. . . . [This book] should appeal to a wide readership."
"[Marten's] scholarship is wide ranging, and his prose is excellent . . . . For anyone interested in the postwar lives of Civil War soldiers, Sing Not War
is highly recommended."
-The Annals of Iowa
"A remarkable book with significance far beyond the post-Civil War era."
"Elegantly written . . . . Sing Not War
has given admirable shape and definition to an anemic subfield of Civil War history."
-Civil War Monitor
"A worthy addition to the growing body of scholarship on Civil War veterans. For readers new to the topic, it represents a well-written introduction to the world of the men that served in and survived the Civil War. For scholars knowledgeable on this topic, Marten's study pulls together many familiar threads and adds some new ones, thoughtfully weaving both."
-Civil War Book Review
"No other book combines the cultural and social history of Civil War veterans, north and south, like Marten's Sing Not War
. Beautifully written and deeply researched, this book captures a fresh perspective of veteran's lives, revealing their personal and distinctive experiences as they returned home after the war. A vivid, compelling, and original study that provides surprising new information about 'Johnny Reb' and 'Billy Yank.'"--Joan Waugh, author of U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth