The Old Army

The Old Army : Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898

4 (20 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

One of the most important works of military history published in the last decade, The Old Army is the only comprehensive study of the people who made up the "garrison world" in the peacetime intervals between the War for Independence and the Spanish-American War. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other primary documents, Edward M. Coffman vividly recreates the harsh, often lonely life of men, collected mostly from the streets of Northern cities, for whom enlistment was "a leap in the dark...a choice of evils." He pays special attention to the roles of women and children, as well as black Americans, and to the development of military professionalism. From the testimony of those who lived it, Coffman traces the evolution of the American Army from "the days of small things"--of limited resources and downright hardship--to the modern military age that began at the turn of the century.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 22 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 35.56mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195045556
  • 9780195045550

Rating details

20 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 30% (6)
4 40% (8)
3 30% (6)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X