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Regtl. Staff Chickamauga 2018
- Mar 15, 2013
Join us on Wednesday, September 1st at 8:30pm EDT when our guest, Brian Steel Wills, will discuss his two most recent books:
Inglorious Passages: Non-Combat Deaths in the American Civil War
Of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who died in the Civil War, two-thirds, by some estimates, were felled by disease; untold others were lost to accidents, murder, suicide, sunstroke, and drowning. Utilizing letters, diaries, obituaries, and other accounts, eminent Civil War historian Brian Steel Wills relays the powerful and poignant stories of fatal accidents and encounters and collateral civilian deaths that occurred in the factories and fields of the Union and the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865. Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War demonstrates that, for those who served and those who supported them, noncombat fatalities were as significant as battle deaths in impressing the full force of the American Civil War on the people called upon to live through it.
Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory
In this thorough biography of Pender, noted Civil War historian Brian Steel Wills examines both the young general's military career and his domestic life. Pender had an insatiable quest for "glory" in both earthly and heavenly realms, and he delighted in his role as a husband and father. In Pender's voluminous correspondence with his wife, Fanny, he shared his beliefs and offered views and opinions on a vast array of subjects. In the end, Wills suggests that Pender's story captures both the idealistic promise and the despair of a war that cost the lives of many Americans and changed the nation forever.
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