Matt’s Book Blog recently read and reviewed Civil War Soldiers: Their Expectations and Their Experiences by Reid Mitchell. Here’s an excerpt:
In their memoirs, veterans offer insight into the daily, boring, exciting, and blood-spattered experiences of common foot soldiers. The immediacy makes war memoirs worth reading. But we should also read historians like Reid Mitchell who have examined a wide variety of primary sources in a more objective fashion. On the Union side, I learned how strange the landscape of the South and the ways of Southern people were to both farmers and town-dwellers from the North.
Read the full review.
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