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The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union

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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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Robin Friedman
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Classic Study Of The Union Soldier

Bell Irvin Wiley (1906-1980) enjoyed a distinguished career as a professor at the University of Mississippi and Emory University and as the author or editor of over 20 books on the Civil War. His "The Life of Billy Yank: the Common Soldier of the Union" (1952) is, together with its companion volume "The Life of Johnny Reb, the Common Soldier of the Confederacy (1943), Wiley's best-known work. It presents an outstanding history of the day-to-day life of the s
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read this if you're interested in the Civil War.
John E
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Just what you would expect from the man who wrote the same for the Confederate soldier.
Joan Colby
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jenny Lynn
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only for the true American Civil War nerd. Unless you really want to know what is was a John Jakes film remake.
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at the life of Union soldiers during the American Civil War, mostly discussing camp life.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, well-written history of the Civil War from the perspective of Union soldiers.
Clay Davis
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good in depth book about life in the Union army. I liked the stories of indivial soldiers as they fought in the Civil War. A must read for anybody interested in the Civil War.
Sheila Myers
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I most enjoy books about the common soldier and this is probably one of the best written about the common soldier in the Union Army.
Fredrick Danysh
An account of how the common union soldier lived and how he was treated in the army.
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This book was very well researched and the narrative is intriguing.
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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 ...more
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