The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union
The Life of Billy Yank is a frank, intimate, and warm study of the Union soldier by one of the most prolific and revered of all Civil War historians. Here, through excerpts from wartime letters and diaries and from other carefully documented research, Bell Irvin Wiley presents an absorbing account of the small and sometimes moving events that made up the daily life of the...more
Paperback, 454 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Louisiana State University Press
(first published 1951)
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A scrupulous study of the Yankee soldier in the Civil War. Extensive material from letters and diaries is utilized, sometimes becoming repetitious. Everything from daily drill, clothing, food, recreation, sickness and morale is covered, giving a complete picture of the existence of the typical Yankee soldier. This book has been cited as a valuable resource by such Civil War chroniclers as Bruce Caton and Shelby Foote.
Classic in Civil War writing-if you want to know how the average Union soldier survived and lived his day...this is the book for you. I especially enjoyed the description of what went through a mans mind and how his belly survivied those few moments before a scurmish begain. Very interesting.
Born into rural Tennessee and schooled at Asbury College (BA, 1928) and Yale University (PhD, 1933), Bell Irvin Wiley became a historical officer of the Second Army in World War II and taught history the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Oxford University, and Emory University. He published groundbreaking works, such as Southern Negroes, 1861-65 (1938), was named President of...moreMore about Bell Irvin Wiley...