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Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee (Civil War America) Hardcover – June 15, 2011

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The importance of this work cannot be understated. This is a new milestone in historiography of the Civil War soldier.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

Professor Glatthaar's book is a wellspring of solid data concerning the Army of Northern Virginia. It should not be overlooked by anyone interested in improving his understanding of the Civil War." --On Point

Nicely detailed and easy to comprehend.--Register of The Kentucky Historical Society

The preeminent statistical study of Lee's Army.--Tennessee Historical Quarterly

A book that anyone interested in researching or learning more about the Army of Northern Virginia should examine.--Blue & Gray Magazine

This text is full of such fine-grained data on every facet of the soldiering population.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

A valuable resource for Civil War historians and a must-read for serious scholars of the Army of Northern Virginia. . . . A superb example of the fruitful potential that quantitative study holds for other Civil War topics.--North Carolina Historical Review

Glatthaar has produced a study that should not be ignored.--Journal of American History


Scholars, Civil War enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in the Army of Northern Virginia must read this first-rate piece of research and analysis by Glatthaar. It will be a highly useful companion to his narrative history, General Lee's Army, and is sure to become one of the most cited reference works on any Civil War army.--Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Lee's Colonels


Product Details

  • Series: Civil War America
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st New edition edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807834920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807834923
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,135,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph T. Glatthaar is Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of numerous books and articles, including: The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns (New York University Press, 1985), Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and Their White Officers (The Free Press, 1989), Partners in Command: Relationships Between Leaders in the Civil War (The Free Press, 1994), Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution (Hill & Wang, 2007) with James Kirby Martin, General Lee's Army: From Victory To Defeat (The Free Press, 2008), and Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). He is currently President of the Society for Military History.

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Joseph T. Glatthaar gathered an astounding amount of data when writing "General Lee's Army", much of it only partially used. This book puts that data to use in a very impressive statistical look at the Army of Northern Virginia. The AoNV is a mythic army in American lore that uses outstanding leadership and hard hitting to overcome serious obstacles. The composition and background of the men who were able to develop and maintain such a high motivation during the war is the subject of this book. I know of no other book that looks at this army in such detail. The publisher advertises this book as a "companion" to the first book. While that is true, I feel this book will be indispensible for anyone wishing to study the Army of Northern Virginia. It can and will stand on its' own as a "must have" for any serious Civil War library. Working from a base of 600 members of the AoNV, the author produces a quantitative study of astounding detail. The greatest danger is that others will attempt to extend these statistics to Civil War armies in general.
Chapter One, The Army, is full of nuggets of information and is a delight to read. "Conclusions" is a very well written ten-page essay on his findings. The chapter on each branch of the service shows the differences between them and contains some real surprises. The balance of the book, analyses the army based on an assortment of items. This includes place of birth, year of enlistment, age, marital status and number of children. Each of the 12 chapters contains a series of bar graphs and narrative. If you are just sitting and reading the book, this can be repetitious. If you are looking for a statistic, this is vital and necessary.
Joseph T. Glatthaar is a good writer who can say similar things many times without being boring.
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