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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
Category : History
Total pages :256
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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.

Study Guide

Study Guide
Author : Supersummary
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2019-09-11
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Total pages :54
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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.

Fields of Fury

Fields of Fury
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2002-10-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
Total pages :96
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Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War.

The Negro's Civil War

The Negro's Civil War
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 2008-12-10
Category : History
Total pages :400
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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 the life of black soldiers in the Union army. Above all, we are allowed to witness the dreams of a disenfranchised people eager to embrace the rights and the equality offered to them, finally, as citizens.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release Date : 2009-02-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :96
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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 career, his marriage to Mary Todd, and his one term in Congress. We witness his leadership of the Republican anti-slavery movement, his famous debates with Stephen A. Douglas (a long acquaintance and former rival for the hand of Mary Todd), and his emergence as a candidate for president in 1860. Following Lincoln's election to the presidency, McPherson describes his masterful role as Commander in Chief during the Civil War, the writing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. The book also discusses his lasting legacy and why he remains a quintessential American hero two hundred years after his birth, while an annotated bibliography permits easy access to further scholarship. With his ideal short account of Lincoln, McPherson provides a compelling biography of a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery.

War on the Waters

War on the Waters
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date : 2012
Category : History
Total pages :277
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A book with 23 illustrations, 19 maps, notes, a bibliography and an index offers a sweeping history of the Civil War navies in action.

Why the Confederacy Lost

Why the Confederacy Lost
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date : 1992
Category : History
Total pages :209
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Reviews how historians have explained the South's defeat, and examines the two sides' strategies, generals, advantages, and disadvantages

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Macmillan Library Reference
Release Date : 1989
Category : History
Total pages :368
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Volumes 1 through 5 cover the major battles of the Civil War chronologically from 1861 to 1865. Volume 6 contains biographies of key figures in this conflict.

Tried by War

Tried by War
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2008-10-07
Category : History
Total pages :352
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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 bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this study by preeminent, bestselling Civil War historian James M. McPherson provides a rare, fresh take on one of the most enigmatic figures in American history. Tried by War offers a revelatory (and timely) portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. Suspenseful and inspiring, this is the story of how Lincoln, with almost no previous military experience before entering the White House, assumed the powers associated with the role of commander in chief, and through his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union.

Embattled Rebel

Embattled Rebel
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2014-10-07
Category : History
Total pages :320
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy “The best concise book we have on the subject… McPherson is… our most distinguished scholar of the Civil War era.” —The New York Times Book Review History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. Many Americans of his own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, not to mention a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but that it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. Gravely ill throughout much of the Civil War, Davis nevertheless shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy—the quest for independent nationhood—with clarity and force. He exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy, and his close relationship with Robert E. Lee was one of the most effective military-civilian partnerships in history. Lucid and concise, Embattled Rebel presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War as seen from the desk of the South’s commander in chief.

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
Category : History
Total pages :904
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Focuses on the military campaigns, including strategy and logistics, military leaders, and common soldiers

Crossroads of Freedom

Crossroads of Freedom
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Pivotal Moments in American Hi
Release Date : 2004
Category : History
Total pages :203
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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.

Drawn with the Sword

Drawn with the Sword
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release Date : 1997
Category : Fiction
Total pages :272
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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.

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Author : James M. McPherson
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 1999
Category : Political Science
Total pages :90
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Examines Canada's crisis of Quebec's request for independence

Writing the Civil War

Writing the Civil War
Author : James M. McPherson,George Henry Davis `86 Professor of American History James M McPherson,William James Cooper (Jr.)
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1998
Category : History
Total pages :356
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Co-edited by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, a collection of essays by fourteen distinguished historians discusses the ongoing effort to chronicle the Civil War and trends in Civil War scholarship. History Alt. UP.