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Titel: The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat
Autor/en: Earl J. Hess
Autor/en: Earl J. Hess
UNIV PR OF KANSAS
1. April 1997 - kartoniert - 256 Seiten
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With its relentless bloodshed, devastating firepower, and large-scale battles often fought on impossible terrain, the Civil War was a terrifying experience for a volunteer army. Yet, as Earl Hess shows, Union soldiers found the wherewithal to endure such terrors for four long years and emerge victorious. A vivid reminder that the business of war is killing, Hess's study plunges us into the hellish realms of Civil War combat - a horrific experience crowded with brutalizing sights, sounds, smells, and textures. Drawing extensively upon the letters, diaries, and memoirs of Northern soldiers, Hess reveals their deepest fears and shocks, and also their sources of inner strength. By identifying recurrent themes found in these accounts, Hess constructs a multilayered view of the many ways in which these men coped with the challenges of battle. He shows how they were bolstered by belief in God and country, or simply by their sense of duty; and how they came to rely on the support of their comrades; and how they learned to muster self-control in order to persevere from one battle to the next.
Earl J. Hess, professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, is the author of Liberty, Virtue, and Progress: Northerners and Their War for the Union and coauthor of Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West.
"Rich with insight, Hess's book merits recognition among the most insightful studies of the Civil War fighting man of the past half-century." - Civil War History "Packs an emotional punch.... Hess explores less why Billy Yank fought than how he coped successfully with the stresses and horrors of combat, both during the war and afterward." - Journal of American History "The most telling examination of the experience of Civil War battle we have." - William C. Davis, author of The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy "This book stands out as the best yet written within the genre. Hess takes us as close as we're likely to get to the shock and horror of battle without actually experiencing it." - Steven E. Woodworth, author of Davis and Lee at War "A major contribution." - Infantry "In a superb book, the finest to date on the ordeal of combat, Hess describes most memorably the sounds and smells and feel of combat; the randomness of death; the psychology of the battle line; changing definitions of courage; the Christian soldiers' struggle with the sinfulness of killing...." - American Historical Review"
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