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The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union.

WILEY, Bell Irvin.

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ISBN 10: 0807119083 / ISBN 13: 9780807119082
Published by Louisiana State University Press [1993], Baton Rouge, 1993
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Small 4to. Blue marbled cloth spine with gilt spine lettering and blue cloth, dust jacket. 454ppp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Near fine/fine. A tight and handsome later printing of this classic 1952 text (sequel to the 1943 "Life of Johnny Reb"), which James I. Robertson Jr. (in the Nevins bibliography) rightfully calls "the encyclopedia for army life of the men in blue." Contains a choice autograph addition from Bell Wiley (1906-80): Tipped to an inner flyleaf is a nice content Typed Letter Signed, 1p, 5½" X 8½", Emory University, Georgia, 1956 April 5. Addressed to noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On "Emory University" letterhead, Wiley chitchats about a variety of Civil War Round Table matters. In part: "Recently I spent a couple of weeks in Washington getting off my annually required stint of active military duty. While there I talked to the Washington Civil War Round Table. I had a pleasant time with Karl Betts, Kermit Sloan, and Pat Jones. The session was well attended and for me was a delightful occasion. Later on during my tour I had lunch wiith Betts, Sloan and Jones at the Press Club where we were able to have more conversation about 'The War'." Signed simply "Bell." NEVINS I, 178. Bookseller Inventory # 38438

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Title: The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier ...

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press [1993], Baton Rouge

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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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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The Life of Billy Yank is a frank, intimate, and warm study of the Union soldier by one of the most prolific and revered of all Civil War historians. Here, through excerpts from wartime letters and diaries and from other carefully documented research, Bell Irvin Wiley presents an absorbing account of the small and sometimes moving events that made up the daily life of the common Union soldier, a moral but fallible human who could laugh at lewd jokes, be stripped of his courage under fire, or save an entire company from certain death.

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