Soldier's Pen Firsthand Impressions of the Civil War

ISBN-10: 080908743X

ISBN-13: 9780809087433

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Description: 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 movingly 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 inThe Soldier’s Pen, the documents and images that Bonner weaves together, providing context and explanation as required, powerfully re-create the day-to-day lives of the soldiers who fought and died for Union and Confederacy. Not since the 2000 publication of Robert Sneden’s paintings and papers inEye of the Stormhas a collection of original Civil War documents so evocatively captured the war.

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

James G. Basker is the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History at Barnard College, Columbia University, and President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Foreword
The Penmen
Introduction: "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
Relies of War
Index of Source Material from the Gilder Lehrman Collection
Acknowledgments
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