For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Book For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Author / Director
James McPherson
Publish / Release Date
Apr 3, 1997
Narrative Form
  1. Non-Fiction
Publisher / Studio
Oxford University Press
Awards & Achievements
★ Winner, 1998 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, administered by Gettysburg College for best non-fiction historical work of the year.
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For Cause and Comrades:
Why Men Fought in the Civil War


by James McPherson


General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862...
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0195090233
ISBN-13
978-0195090239
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I read this in college and didn't care for it. I read it again a decade later when I had gone back to college and really liked. Having learned much more about the American Civil War in the intervening decade probably helped.

McPherson's thesis is that, because they lived in a politically-active pre-cynicism era and were mostly volunteers (rather than regulars or conscripts), the soldiers on both sides of the Civil War were highly motivated by patriotism, duty/honor, and political ideology throughout the war.

I put this book in my top five most important books for understanding the war.
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