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Soldier Life (Voices of the Civil War) Hardcover – June, 1996

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YA--These books look at particular aspects of the Civil War. After a brief overview of the topic, the author makes extensive use of diaries, memoirs, and letters of the participants to further illustrate the narrative. These reminiscences are not by the senior generals and politicians, but by the common soldiers, their parents, and their wives. Photographs of the people quoted are often included. This combination of letters and pictures brings a human touch to the series that sometimes is missing in other books. Battles and campaigns are illustrated with period reproductions, along with numerous, easy-to-follow maps. These titles will hold the interest of casual readers but they have enough depth to satisfy Civil War buffs.

Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Series: Voices of the Civil War
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Time Life Education (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078354703X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0783547039
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is your standard civil war book, with individual accounts and plenty of facts. This book would do good as a standard book for anyone doing a civil war report or the like.
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Format: Hardcover
One more volume in Time-Life's "Voices of the Civil War" series. This one is different from most, though. The focus here is not any single battle; rather, it is a look at the soldier's life. As with all works in this series, the hallmark is observations from the soldiers themselves, whether from official reports, letters, or diaries.

The section titles begin to lay out the contents: "Answering the Call," "The Organized Bore," "A Question of Character," "Tenting Tonight," and "The Promise of Home." For each section, there is a brief introduction, putting that section within a context. Then, the voices of the participants themselves.

For instance, "The Organized Bore." The title? A reference to the fact that the (Page 27) "typical Yank or Reb spent far more time battling boredom than he did the enemy." Private Sidney Davis, 6th United States Cavalry, says that "During these days of wild soldiering the men were addicted to playing practical jokes upon each other." Or Lieutenant Lloyd Harris, 6th Wisconsin Infantry, noting that (Page 44): "On the march from Kalorama to the camp near Chain Bridge, an able-bodied Private of Co. F broke his right leg in a vigorous effort to keep step with the dismal music from our band."

An interesting work that gives us an insight to the daily lives of Civil War troops.
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