What They Fought for 1861-1865 (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History)

James M. McPherson

Published by Louisiana State Univ Pr, 1994
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Synopsis: Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson (Battle Cry of Freedom) draws on the letters or diaries of nearly 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers in investigating what motivated those who fought the Civil War. The result is both an impressive scholarly tour de force and a highly accessible account of the sentiments of both sides of the conflict.

From Publishers Weekly: McPherson ( Battle Cry of Freedom ), a Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War scholar, here calls on letters and diaries, many unpublished, to present a strong case that both Union and Confederate soldiers made war motivated primarily by considerations of principle. Slavery was a crucial factor, he observes: Southerners regarded it as part of their way of life. Northerners, on the other hand, combined morality and pragmatism in their acceptance of abolition as essential in preserving the Union. McPherson, however, perceives the Civil War basically as a struggle for the heritage of 1776, a struggle in which Southerners sought freedom from a tyrannical government, while Northerners believed the republican experiment could not survive if the legitimacy of secession were established. More than 80% of the war's combatants were literate, which may help to explain why McPherson's sources convincingly reflect the character and experience of the armies. Frontline idealism seemed to prevail on both sides, perhaps to the surprise of a more cynical 20th century. McPherson's emphasis on moral and ideological factors in war gives his book a significance well beyond its specific subject.
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Title: What They Fought for 1861-1865 (Walter ...
Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1994
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