I got This Republic of Suffering for christmas this year. It is one of the best books on the Civil War I have read in a long time. I love it because it shows a perspective that is not very often seen in many other books. Killing and death were ultra-important to the common Civil War soldier. It was so important to have a "Good Death". It also talks about the fact that for some soldiers it was very hard to kill another man. And for others it became to easy, it became sort of a game. What are your thoughts on killing and death?