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While God Is Marching on: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers (Modern War Studies) Paperback – October 2, 2001
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Woodworth's book is a refreshing and balanced view of the typical Northern and Southern soldier's religious views and life during the Civil War. While officers and generals are mentioned, the great majority is devoted to the foot soldier and noncommissioned officers.
The book contains several anecdotes of soldiers' faith in Jesus Christ from both North and South: how they were able to reconcile their religious beliefs with fighting a war, comments on the dangers and moral lapses of camp life, how a dying soldier was able to confidentally face eternity based on their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and other fascinating aspects of religious life during the Civil War.
While there were Jews, atheists, agnostics, and other types of beliefs in both armies, the emphasis is on the Christian faith.
Read and enjoy. Highly recommended if you are interested in learning more about the faith of several Civil War soldiers!
He did much more than that! Very carefully, he navigates between the poles never seeming to lean in either direction while give us a full history of Christianity leading up to and during the war. This produces a very fair balanced history that every one can read and enjoy. Woodworth, for the most part, lets the participants tell the story. Using a combination of letters, diaries and books, he shows us what they thought and felt. With this foundation, he guides us from the person to society and showing us the application. Each important term, the practice of religion and its' place in American life is fully covered in Part I. Part II covers the war and the application of Christian principles during the war. The belief system, the sermons and prayers are both a solace and a trap for the South as the war is being lost. The last twenty-five pages alone are worth the price of the book. They deal with the South coming to terms with defeat and reconstruction in contrast to the North's feelings of God's favor in granting them victory.
I have seen request for information of religion in ACW armies and now have the answer. This book covers a huge gap in Civil War history and needs to be read by all who wish to really understand the armies that fought the war.
the theologiy and religous reflections of the time. He has an exceptional understaning of Christian theology with a leaning toward a conservative or Fundmentlist stance in the materials chosen. He also uses insights and interpretations from non soldieers: family letters and news articles. Once finds inspiration and hopefulness in the midst of death and destruction in this volumne.
Sexuality is presented, but there is no mention of adultary nor children conceived outside marriage. An added merit to the book is the interpretations and insights of theology that the authros draws. I foun this the best resource I have encourted on the religious world of the civil war soldier.
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With an interest in the Civil War and as a pastor, I found Mr. Woodworth's book a helpful understanding and perspective on the religious life of the Civil War soldier. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kurt
I have read a lot of works on the Civil War over the years. This work by Dr. Woodworth provides insight into a very important aspect of the lives of the soldiers North and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maurice Walton
A very enjoyable book that was easy and interesting to read. Though it is a very challenging subject, the author brings the individuals to life and tells the story of religion in... Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by JA
Good and interesting book. It was helpful for a grad school presentation. The presentation went well in no small part to this book that details the religious world that Civil War... Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Mj
If you thought you knew the history of the Civil War soldier, think again, and then read this book. If all you have learned about the men on the march has been from television... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by WhirldWorks
There were two books written about revival in the Confederate army, "Christ in the Camp" and "The Great Revival in the Southern Armies." I have read both; the latter two times. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by kernelp