Daily Life in Civil War America

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Greenwood Press, 2009 - History - 397 pages
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When first published, "Daily Life in Civil War America" shifted the spotlight from the conflict's military operations and famous leaders to its affect on day-to-day living. Now this popular, groundbreaking work returns in a thoroughly updated new edition, drawing on an expanded range of journals, journalism, diaries, and correspondence to capture the realities of wartime life for soldiers and citizens, slaves and free persons, women and children, on both sides of the conflict.

In addition to chapter-by-chapter updating, the edition features new chapters on two important topics: the affects of the war on families, focusing on the absence of men on the home front and the plight of nearly 26,000 children orphaned by the war; and the activities of the Copperheads, anti-Confederate border residents, and other Southern pacifist groups.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The minutiae about the average life that created the soldiers, north and south. It was a basic and necessary book for the re-enactor. We ain't all Miss Scarlet. Read full review

Review: Daily Life in Civil War America (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)

User Review  - Dave Glorioso - Goodreads

This book has a lot of general information. Yet, it often doesn't have all the statistics. For example, it mentions high infant death rates and low infant birth rates, yet doesn't give more details ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for 20 years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects. With James M. Volo, she is co-author of "Daily Life in the Age of Sail" (Greenwood, 2001) and "Daily Life on the Old Colonial Frontier" (Greenwood, 2002).

DR. JAMES M. VOLO, Ph.D., has been teaching Physics, Physical Science, and Astronomy for the past 39 years. He received his bachelor's from City College in New York, his masters from American Military University, and his doctorate from Berne University. He has taught on the Graduate level for more than 15 years and authored several reference works regarding U.S. military, social, and cultural history. In addition, he has consulted on TV and movie productions. Among his published works are Blue Water Patriots: The American Revolution Afloat (Greenwood, 2006), Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998), Family Life in the 19th Century (Greenwood, 2007), the Popular Culture of the Antebellum Period (Greenwood, 2004), and the Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South (Greenwood, 2000). Several of which were co-authored with his wife Dorothy Denneen Volo. Presently, Dr. Volo teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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