Unusual Persons of the Civil War

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David Madden, former Director, U.S. Civil War Center, points out "that we've spent too much time on the 'lure of romantic battles and leaders.' Unusual Persons is offbeat in the real sense of the word; where else will you find photos of the only honorary Federal female major plus a black Confederate veteran, along with dozens of illustrations and vignettes about men who have stories unlike any others?"

This book contains infamous characters, fascinating tales, and strange coincidences. A collection of fascinating anecdotes and colorful stories, this book covers a wide variety of individuals from the men and women to the children who fought in this conflict.

Civilian John Burns won immortality by fighting at Gettysburg--but a different John Burns, also a civilian, took part in a famous battle far to the south.

Only one man, a Confederate, entered the war as a private and rose to the rank of lieutenant general before the shooting stopped.

Ulysses S. Grant, who didn't find it easy to get back into uniform in 1861, vigorously protested the promotion of two generals who won lasting fame on the battlefield.

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