Individually and collectively, original Civil War monographs constitute a source of great historical value. This collection of histories and personal narratives, compiled primarily between the end of the war and 1920, chronicles the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.
Genealogists and students of military history, Southern history, literature, and American studies will find an unmatched depth of personal insight: the reasons individuals volunteered, the wonderment of leaving home, the excitement of initially going to the front, the clash of arms, the drudgery of camp life, the boredom of garrison duty and the anguish of imprisonment are expounded in these accounts. Attitudes toward officers and fellow soldiers, the enemy, and the political questions of the war are recorded with a richness that brings new credibility and perspective to scholarly research.
Thousands of regimental histories and personal narratives about the war have been published--often by private presses or state governments--but most were never widely distributed. Fragile, un-indexed, and scattered, these records have remained difficult for historians and genealogists to find and use.
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