The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy

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LSU Press, Jan 1, 2008 - History - 480 pages
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In this companion to The Life of Johnny Reb, Bell Irvin Wiley explores the daily lives of the men in blue who fought to save the Union. With the help of many soldiers' letters and diaries, Wiley explains who these men were and why they fought, how they reacted to combat and the strain of prolonged conflict, and what they thought about the land and the people of Dixie. This fascinating social history reveals that while the Yanks and the Rebs fought for very different causes, the men on both sides were very much the same. "This wonderfully interesting book is the finest memorial the Union soldier is ever likely to have.... [Wiley] has written about the Northern troops with an admirable objectivity, with sympathy and understanding and profound respect for their fighting abilities. He has also written about them with fabulous learning and considerable pace and humor.


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User Review  - samfsmith - LibraryThing

First published in 1943, this is a classic text that dispels many of the myths and legends about the soldiers of the confederacy and reveals their lives during the war as revealed by letters, journals ... Read full review

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User Review  - sergerca - LibraryThing

Very informative look at the everyday life of the southern soldier. It's easy to get caught up in the sweeping movements of the armies and forget that the soldiers in those armies had to cope with ... Read full review


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Confederate Works in Front of Atlanta
Besetting Sins
In Winter Quarters
A Tar Heels Sketch of Rebel Winter Quarters
A Rabbit in a Confederate Camp
Southern Women Making Clothes for the Soldiers
Dead Confederate Sharpshooter at the Devils Den Gettysburg
Camp Theatrical Programs
Prayer in Stonewall Jacksons Camp
The Missouri Army Argus
Letter Written on Captured Stationery
Homemade Envelope

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Bell Irvin Wiley (1906--1980) was a professor emeritus of history at Emory University and one of America's preeminent Civil War historians. James I. Robertson, Jr., is the author of many books, including the award-winning Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend. Well known for his lectures across the country and his appearances in television documentaries, he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech.

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