Both Prayed to the Same God : Religion and Faith in the American Civil War
Both Prayed to the Same God offers a popular yet scholarly overview of the most-ignored aspect of the American Civil War-the absolutely crucial role that religion played before, during, and after this deadliest of American wars. This fascinating book outlines how religion and faith paved the way to division, were the greatest forces maintaining wartime morale, and helped shape forever how America's Civil War would be remembered.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 154.94 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
- 30 Sep 2007
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Part 1 Preface by James M. McPherson Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Section One: Elephant in the Closet Chapter 4 The Ignored Civil War Chapter 5 Religion and Faith Chapter 6 The Great Paradox Part 7 Section Two: A Devout Country Heads Towards War Chapter 8 The Foremost Political Institution in the Country Chapter 9 Catalyst for Conflict ... Comfort in War Chapter 10 Third Cousins Alienated Chapter 11 Paving the Way for Secession Chapter 12 The Invisible Institution Part 13 Section Three: Role of Religion during the Civil War Chapter 14 Religious Support Systems Chapter 15 Soldiers of the Lord-Civil War Chaplains Chapter 16 Soldiers of the Cross-Catholic Chaplains Chapter 17 The Spirit of Revival Chapter 18 Through a Moral Lens-Darkly Part 19 Section Four: Churches and Religion after the Civil War Chapter 20 "Lost Cause" Religion Chapter 21 Putting a Misconception to Death? Chapter 22 The Greatest WartimeTheologian Chapter 23 Religious Consequences of the Civil War Part 24 Appendix: Religious Affiliations of Civil War Personages
Of the thousands of books written about the American Civil War, few have focused on its crucial religious dimensions. Robert Miller has done much to remedy that deficiency in this important volume. Readers will find here the stories of believers-and even skeptics-in North and South, of Protestants and Catholics and Jews, of clergy and laypersons, of soldiers and civilians, chaplains and generals, men and women, slaves and free people, woven together in a tapestry that offers a vivid picture of the importance of religion in the Civil War. -- James M. McPherson, from the foreword The centrality of faith and religion in every aspect of life in early nineteenth century America is often ignored or marginalized by the modern generation, the religious fervor of which pales in comparison. The lack of a shared experience restricts our understanding of the powerful manner in which religion has helped shape our national identity. Yet, in that period of our nation's history, religion was regarded as the 'foremost of the political institutions' and was profoundly intertwined in the sectional controversy over slavery that resulted in bloody civil war. The author is uniquely qualified to address the religious influence that directed Americans on the course to civil war and provides a clear and crisp, yet powerful and compelling evaluation of role of faith in the causes, conduct, and consequences of America's bloodiest conflict. -- Terrence J. Winschel, author of Triumph & Defeat and Vicksburg Both Prayed to the Same God is a comprehensive overview of religion during the Civil War that ably synthesizes a large amount of material on the subject. Miller offers a range of voices speaking on the vitally important relationship of religious faith and war. Students of the Civil War will find much fascinating information here on one of the most neglected aspects of the entire conflict. -- George C. Rable, University of Alabama, author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! Robert J. Miller has performed a miracle of sorts in bringing together a large but disparate literature on American religion and the Civil War to give us the first synthesis of this vital subject. He does so with conviction, conscience, and considerable insight into the many ways matters of faith and religion informed, and even drove, ideas and interests in politics before the war and shaped soldiers', civilians', slaves', and others' understandings of the war. The result is a book of remarkable reach into the very soul of America during its ordeal by fire. -- Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's University, coeditor of Religion and the American Civil War This is an important book for anyone interested in the history of the Civil War era beyond a narrow 'battles and generals' focus... This book is both worthwhile and stimulating to read, in addition to providing a foundational basis of ideas and facts from which further study can proceed. -- Dan Reigle Cincinnati Civil War Round Table The role of religion has been a strangely neglected subject in Civil War studies. Robert Miller's well researched and carefully argued book does a great deal to remedy that deficit. It is both a reliable synthesis of existing scholarship and a thoughtful contribution because of Miller's own insights. Students of the Civil War and of religion in American history should welcome this fine book. -- Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame Robert J. Miller has written an impressive overview of a broad and crucial subject: the role of religion in the Civil War era...Miller...has managed the rare feat of authoring both an accessible-'popular' in the best way-and very scholarly monograph...Original and masterfully researched...Miller's lively book is essential reading...The book is rich in edifying and surprising details. H-Civwar, December 2008
About Robert J. Miller
Father Robert Miller is Pastor of St. Dorothy Church in Chicago. He is the author of five other books, the most recent of which is Surprised by Love.