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"Voices" a very worthwhile read,
This review is from: Voices of the Civil War (Meridian) (Paperback)
Being somewhat of a Civil War "buff", I have read numerous books on the subject over the years - some good, some not-so-good, and a few that stood out. R. Wheelers book "Voices ..." I place in the latter category. It is a relatively short book which describes major engagements of the war, each engagement constituting one chapter, with the chapters (battles)arranged in the order in which they occurred. Each chapter begins with a short one- to two- page introduction by the author which "sets the scene": how was it that the armies came to be facing one another at this particular place? What was trying to be achieved by each side? Who was in command? What were the relative combat strengths of the two armies? After this groundwork is established, the author lets the battle begin and progress by a narrative composed of first-person accounts of the participants, from commanding generals right on down to the lowliest private on the field. Once the battle is concluded, a short synopsis by the author at the chapters end describes the results of the engagement to each side in terms of both casualties and overall strategy. For me, the result of this approach was that I came away with a much clearer understanding of the circumstances,the "feel", and the effects of the major Civil War engagements than I have been able to glean from other works many times its length. I highly recommend this book!