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Author LinkBonner, Robert E.,1967-
Title LinkThe soldier’s pen : firsthand impressions of the Civil War / Robert E. Bonner.
Edition 1st pbk. ed.
Imprint New York : Hill and Wang, 2007.
Description xxi, 248, [19] p. of plates :  ill., maps ;  21 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-245) and index.
Contents 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.
Summary They are all infantrymen; none were commissioned officers. One is a German-speaking artist whose sole record is nineteen stunning watercolors that cover a year’s enlistment. Another is a free black from Syracuse, New York. Six are from slave states, one of whom was a Unionist. Drawing from the more than 60,000 documents housed in the privately held Gilder Lehrman Collection, Robert E. Bonner has reconstructed the experiences of sixteen 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 accompany the humor of an anonymous cartoonist from Massachusetts, the vivid paintings of Private Henry Berckhoff. All reproduced for the first time in The Soldier’s Pen, the documents and images that Bonner weaves together, providing context and explanation as required, re-create the day-to-day lives of the soldiers who fought and died for Union and Confederacy. --From publisher’s description.
Corp.Sub. LinkUnited States. Army -- Biography.
LinkConfederate States of America. Army -- Biography.
LinkUnited States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
LinkConfederate States of America. Army -- Military life.
Subject LinkUnited States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography.
LinkSoldiers -- United States -- Biography.
LinkSoldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
LinkUnited States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
LinkSoldiers’ writings, American.

System Number 000677923
ISBN Link9780809087433 (pbk.) : $17.00
Link080908743X (pbk.) : $17.00

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