Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War

TitleEmbattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsLinderman, Gerald E.
Number of Pages367
PublisherThe Free Press
CityNew York

Gerald F. Linderman examines how Confederate and Union soldiers alike were drastically transformed by war, as they found the realities of battle alarmingly at odds with their expectations. By the end, profoundly disillusioned, once idealistic soldiers were forced to call into question the nation’s notion of courage -- and an entire society’s perception of the war in which they alone had fought. A sensitive study of men at war, Embattled Courage goes beyond the confines of the Civil War, for it provides penetrating insights into the romantic myth of battle, the nature of soldiering, and the difficulties veterans of all wars face in returning to a civilian society that has escaped the experience of combat and thus has little understanding -- and very different memories -- of war itself. [Book jacket]

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