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The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat (Modern War Studies)
by Earl J. Hess
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 ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 1997 by University Press of Kansas
(first published 1997)
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Currently I am only on page 33 and grateful that I picked it up. Mr. Hess is a thorough historian, and in this book concentrates on the reality of battle. He is not sentimental, nor does he portray soldiers as victims, and yet gives us clarion thoughts about what it took for men to endure combat.
A circumspect and immersive study, Hess's book is a perceptive view into the psyche of the Union soldier of the American Civil War. Hess makes it clear that there is no 'one' experience of a man in service of the Union for those bloody four years. These men experienced the war in a variety of different manners and dealt with its hardships in almost as many different methods as there were men in the field. Hess displays plainly that these men were individuals, and they cannot be simply glossed ...more
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