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War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North

Frances M. Clarke


The American Civil War is often seen as the first modern war, not least because of its immense suffering. Yet unlike later conflicts, it did not produce an outpouring of disillusionment or cynicism, as most people continued to portray the war in highly sentimental and patriotic terms. While scholars typically dismiss this everyday writing as simplistic or naïve, this book argues that we need to reconsider the letters, diaries, songs, and journalism penned by Union soldiers and their caregivers to fully understand the war's impact and meaning. The book revisits the most common stories that aver ... More

Keywords: modern war, patriotism, letters, diaries, songs, journalism, religion, community, emotional culture, civic life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226108629
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226108643.001.0001


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Frances M. Clarke, author

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