Heroes, Martyrs, and Survivors of the Civil War: The Generation That Fought the War and Its Legacy

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9780961713225: Heroes, Martyrs, and Survivors of the Civil War: The Generation That Fought the War and Its Legacy
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Biographical sketches of twenty-two notable Civil War era figures. The book contains sketches of six members of the New England intelligencia who fought for the Union, including Robert Gould Shaw, the protagonist of the movie Glory. Also covered are the five Civil War veterans who became President, five Confederates, including Wade Hampton, James Longstreet and Joseph Wheeler, who had particularly interesting post-war careers. Two Union volunteers, Arthur MacArthur and Nelson Miles, who became professional soldiers after the war, are included in the book, as is Carl Schurz, who was a revolutionary hero in Germany before immigrating to America and becoming a Union general. One chapter covers the career of Joseph Foraker, a Union Army veteran whose 20th century feud with Theodore Roosevelt symbolizes the waning interest of the Republican party in the plight of the former slaves.

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For those who survived the war, nothing they accomplished thereafter could compare with their shared military experience. The five veterans who became President (Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Benjamin Harrison and McKinley) could point to nothing nearly so dramatic or personally fulfilling during their tenure of office as their participation in the war for the Union. For those veterans who stayed in the Army, most of their careers were spent forcing the Indians to accept the expansion of white civilization into the West...

For a brief period the victorious North attempted to protect the civil and political rights of the newly freed slaves. However, for those Federal veterans who felt a moral obligation to protect those they regarded as the only friends the Union had in the South, the cause for which they fought was ultimately every bit as lost as that of the Confederacy. Many of the survivors lived to see, and most acquiesced in the re-establishment of strict white supremacy in the South and the eradication of all Negro civil and political rights.

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"Arthur Amchan has written two splendid books on the American Civil War...Heroes, Martyrs and Survivors of the Civil War [and] The Most Famous Soldier in America...Here is military biography at its best!" -- Wisconsin Bookwatch, Newsletter of the MidwestBook Review, December 1991

"This series of eloquent biographical sketches links the military actions of the war with its broader social and cultural impact. Heroes, Martyrs and Survivors of the Civil War should be on the shelves of every school library and public library as well as in the libraries of Civil War buffs." -- Professor James M. McPherson, Princeton University, Author of The Battle Cry of Freedom, letter to author, May 6, 1991

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