For Cause and Comrades

For Cause and Comrades : Why Men Fought in the Civil War

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James M. McPherson is acclaimed as one of the finest historians writing today and a preeminent commentator on the Civil War. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of that conflict, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times, called 'history writing of the highest order.' Now, McPherson has brilliantly recreated the war and battle experience of that war from the point of view of the soldiers themselves, drawing on at least 25,000 letters written by over 1000 soldiers, both Union and Confederate. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, these men remained highly motivated and idealistic about the cause for which they fought, regardless of the obstacles and deprivation that they faced.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 22.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • bibliography
  • 0195124995
  • 9780195124996
  • 662,210

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This is an extraordinary book, full of fascinating details and moving self-portraits. The Wall Street Journal _ _

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About James M. McPherson

James McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History at Princeton University where he has taught since 1962. The author of eleven books on the Civil War era of American History, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom.

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