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The soldier's pen : firsthand impressions of the Civil War

Author: Robert E Bonner
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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They are all infantrymen; none are commissioned officers. One is a German-speaking artist whose sole record is 19 stunning watercolors that cover a year's enlistment. Another is a free black from Syracuse, New York. Six, one of whom is a Unionist, are from slave states. Drawing from the more than 60,000 documents housed in the privately held Gilder Lehrman Collection, Robert E. Bonner has movingly reconstructed the
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Bonner
ISBN: 9780809087440 0809087448
OCLC Number: 64208103
Description: xxi, 248, [20] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Glimpses of many things untold --
The tender lines of war --
Army life and the comforts of home --
Combat, bloodshed and the traces of battle --
The union divided? --
The fading gray --
Bonds broken, bonds restored --
Relics of war.
Responsibility: Robert E. Bonner.
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They are all infantrymen; none are commissioned officers. One is a German-speaking artist whose sole record is 19 stunning watercolors that cover a year's enlistment. Another is a free black from Syracuse, New York. Six, one of whom is a Unionist, are from slave states. Drawing from the more than 60,000 documents housed in the privately held Gilder Lehrman Collection, Robert E. Bonner has movingly reconstructed the experiences of 16 Civil War soldiers, using their own accounts to knit together a ground-level view of the entire conflict. The immediacy of diaries and the intimacy of letters to loved ones bring these infantrymen's experiences to vivid life while the humor of an anonymous cartoonist from Massachusetts and the vivid paintings of Private Henry Berckhoff allow us to see their world through their eyes. All published for the first time in The Soldiers Pen, the documents and images that Bonner weaves together powerfully re-create the day-to-day lives of the soldiers who fought and died for Union and Confederacy. - Jacket flap.

The experiences of sixteen Civil War soldiers are reconstructed using their own eyewitness accounts to knit together a ground-level view of the entire conflict in this collection of documents, letters, diary excerpts, and images.

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