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For Cause and Comrades Product Detail:

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 03 April 1997
  • ISBN : 0199741050
  • Page : 256 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 5 voters

For Cause and Comrades Book Summary/Review:

General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, he marveled, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that." Why did those men risk certain death, over and over again, through countless bloody battles and four long, awful years ? Why did the conventional wisdom -- that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses -- not hold true in the Civil War? It is to this question--why did they fight--that James McPherson, America's preeminent Civil War historian, now turns his attention. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War remained powerfully convinced of the ideals for which they fought throughout the conflict. Motivated by duty and honor, and often by religious faith, these men wrote frequently of their firm belief in the cause for which they fought: the principles of liberty, freedom, justice, and patriotism. Soldiers on both sides harkened back to the Founding Fathers, and the ideals of the American Revolution. They fought to defend their country, either the Union--"the best Government ever made"--or the Confederate states, where their very homes and families were under siege. And they fought to defend their honor and manhood. "I should not lik to go home with the name of a couhard," one Massachusetts private wrote, and another private from Ohio said, "My wife would sooner hear of my death than my disgrace." Even after three years of bloody battles, more than half of the Union soldiers reenlisted voluntarily. "While duty calls me here and my country demands my services I should be willing to make the sacrifice," one man wrote to his protesting parents. And another soldier said simply, "I still love my country." McPherson draws on more than 25,000 letters and nearly 250 private diaries from men on both sides. Civil War soldiers were among the most literate soldiers in history, and most of them wrote home frequently, as it was the only way for them to keep in touch with homes that many of them had left for the first time in their lives. Significantly, their letters were also uncensored by military authorities, and are uniquely frank in their criticism and detailed in their reports of marches and battles, relations between officers and men, political debates, and morale. For Cause and Comrades lets these soldiers tell their own stories in their own words to create an account that is both deeply moving and far truer than most books on war. Battle Cry of Freedom, McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times, called "history writing of the highest order." For Cause and Comrades deserves similar accolades, as McPherson's masterful prose and the soldiers' own words combine to create both an important book on an often-overlooked aspect of our bloody Civil War, and a powerfully moving account of the men who fought it.

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For Cause and Comrades

For Cause and Comrades
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1997-04-03
  • ISBN : 0199741050
GET THIS BOOKFor Cause and Comrades

General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, he marveled, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that." Why did those men risk certain death, over and over again, through countless bloody battles and four long, awful years ? Why did the conventional wisdom

Why They Served

Why They Served
  • Author : Kellen Allen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013
  • ISBN : OCLC:856979562
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This paper expands upon theories presented by John A. Lynn in Bayonets of the Republic and James McPherson in For Cause and Comrades, which focus on soldiers' initial, sustaining, and combat motivations. These authors argue that a soldier's motivations can be divided into categories focusing on why the soldier enlisted, why they continued to serve, and the choice to engage in combat. Previous authors have created a general study of soldiers, and this trend is slowly being applied to Civil

Study Guide

Study Guide
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  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-09-11
  • ISBN : 1692597868
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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 53-page guide for "For Cause and Comrades" by James M. McPherson includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 12 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Masculinity and Religion.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-02-01
  • ISBN : 9780199743896
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Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story. It is the best concise introduction to Lincoln in print, a must-have volume for anyone interested in American history or in our greatest president. Best-selling author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, to his highly successful law

Tried by War

Tried by War
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-10-07
  • ISBN : 9781440652455
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"James M. McPherson’s Tried by War is a perfect primer . . . for anyone who wishes to under­stand the evolution of the president’s role as commander in chief. Few histo­rians write as well as McPherson, and none evoke the sound of battle with greater clarity." —The New York Times Book Review The Pulitzer Prize–winning author reveals how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander in chief as we know it As we celebrate

The Negro's Civil War

The Negro's Civil War
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2008-12-10
  • ISBN : 9780307488602
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In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their essential contributions to their own freedom. Through the words of these extraordinary participants, both Northern and Southern, McPherson captures African-American responses to emancipation, the shifting attitudes toward Lincoln and

Drawn with the Sword

Drawn with the Sword
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • ISBN : 9780195117967
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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom shares a collection of thought-provoking essays on the Civil War, discussing the leaders of the era, the international impact of the war, slavery, the problems with the modern study of history, and other topics. UP.

Battle Cry of Freedom

Battle Cry of Freedom
  • Author : James M. McPherson,George Henry Davis 86 Professor of American History James M McPherson
  • Publisher : New York : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1988-06-16
  • ISBN : 0195038630
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Focuses on the military campaigns, including strategy and logistics, military leaders, and common soldiers

What They Fought For, 1861-1865

What They Fought For, 1861-1865
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 1994
  • ISBN : 0385476345
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An analysis of the Civil War, drawing on letters and diaries by more than one thousand soldiers, gives voice to the personal reasons behind the war, offering insight into the ideology that shaped both sides. Reprint.

Crossroads of Freedom

Crossroads of Freedom
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Pivotal Moments in American Hi
  • Release Date : 2004
  • ISBN : 0195173309
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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian McPherson offers a masterful portrait of the bloodiest single day in American history, the Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862.

The War that Forged a Nation

The War that Forged a Nation
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2015
  • ISBN : 9780199375776
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"In The Long Shadow of War, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson considers why the Civil War retains such a hold on our national psyche and identity. Though the drama and tragedy of the subject, from the war's scope and size--an estimated death toll of 750,000, far more than all the rest of the country's wars combined--to the nearly mythical individuals involved--Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson--help explain why the Civil War remains so popular among historians, it does not

This Mighty Scourge

This Mighty Scourge
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-10-12
  • ISBN : 0199830959
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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of

Fields of Fury

Fields of Fury
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-10-01
  • ISBN : 9780689848339
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Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War.

Why the Confederacy Lost

Why the Confederacy Lost
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1992
  • ISBN : UOM:39015024960695
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Reviews how historians have explained the South's defeat, and examines the two sides' strategies, generals, advantages, and disadvantages

Ordeal by Fire

Ordeal by Fire
  • Author : James M. McPherson
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 1982
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105003218299
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Written by a leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, this text describes the social, economic, political, and ideological conflicts that led to a unique, tragic, and transitional event in American history. The third edition incorporates recent scholarship and addresses renewed areas of interest in the Civil War/Reconstruction era including the motivations and experiences of common soldiers and the role of women in the war effort.