Review: “…THE REAL WAR WILL NEVER GET IN THE BOOKS”: SELECTIONS FROM WRITERS DURING THE CIVIL WAR edited by Louis P. Masur

Matt’s Book Blog reviewed “…the real war will never get in the books”: Selections From Writers During the Civil War edited by Louis P. Masur for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

Well-known writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson  are represented here in selections culled from magazine essays, journals, letters, and books.  Because the history of medicine is one of my interests, the best parts for me were Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman’s descriptions of the medical care provided to wounded Federals in the many Washington hospitals.  As for African-American writers, well-known Frederick Douglass and little-known teacher Charlotte Forten are included, as is Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who trained black regiments.

Read the full review.

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