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Winner of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in army History

An Economist Best booklet of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews top Nonfiction booklet of the Year

The conflict of Gettysburg has been written approximately at size and carefully dissected by way of strategic significance, yet by no means prior to has a ebook taken readers so as regards to the adventure of the person soldier.

Two-time Lincoln Prize winner Allen C. Guelzo exhibits us the face, the points of interest and the sounds of nineteenth-century strive against: the stone partitions and gunpowder clouds of Pickett’s cost; the explanation that the military of Northern Virginia may be smelled prior to it may be obvious; the march of millions of fellows from the banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia to the Pennsylvania hills. What emerges is a formerly untold tale of military existence within the Civil conflict: from the non-public politics roiling the Union and accomplice officer ranks, to the strange personality of artillery devices. via such scrutiny, one in all history’s epic battles is given terribly brilliant new existence.

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The query used to be even if his kingdom, or a minimum of the military, sought after Howard. because the Duke of Wellington had as soon as remarked, a military used to be no position for “a guy who has great notions approximately faith. ” The U. S. military was once now not a lot diversified. general officials have been a tight-lipped, unemotional membership; praying squaddies have been at top the butt of jokes, and at worst the sufferers of social shunning. The prewar military hired merely thirty publish chaplains, and never till August 1861 did Congress enact provisions for chaplains in each one regiment, typical and volunteer. 20 Otis Howard had skilled either the jokes and the shunning. Meade’s employees rolled their eyes while Howard, invited to “quite an difficult ‘spread’ ” at Meade’s headquarters, “asked grace, with the real New England kind. ” None of it deterred him. “It isn't how humans see me,” he defined to an inquirer, “but i ponder how God sees me. ” yet Howard was once now not the stereotypical Holy Joe. He were given command of a brigade of uncooked New Englanders at the beginning Bull Run, and controlled to extricate them in remarkably strong order from the jaws of a three-way catch on Chinn Ridge. He had misplaced his correct arm to a bad wound at the Peninsula, the place “he received the identify of a good officer and courageous man,” and lower back to command the Philadelphia Brigade (in the second Corps) at Antietam and a department at Fredericksburg. He can be “the basically spiritual guy of excessive rank … during this army,” yet not anyone may fault Otis Howard for braveness. Charles Wainwright, who had no very excessive opinion of the pious, notion Howard was once “the so much polished gentleman i've got met. ” Howard was once, actually, an indication of the way completely evangelical faith had permeated Anglo-American society within the 19th century, or even all started to procure a grudging recognize within the profane tradition of the army occupation. The 1850s have been witness to the increase of the version “Christian soldier,” whose outlines have been drawn within the best-selling Memorials of Captain Hedley Vicars, 97th Regiment, an evangelical British officer killed throughout the siege of Sevastopol, and within the lifetime of significant basic Henry Havelock, the victor of conflict after conflict opposed to forbidding odds through the Indian Mutiny. within the military of Northern Virginia, the martial piety of Stonewall Jackson close the mouths of quite a lot of scoffers. Howard’s challenge used to be that he was once not just an evangelical; he was once an abolitionist and a Republican, and his mixing of political and spiritual moralism in a single skin—holding prayer conferences that condemned slavery, admitting the army’s black teamsters and chefs to those conferences as equals—covered him with contempt. Hostility to abolition within the military was once, as Howard discovered, “bitter and unmeasured. ”21 while Joseph Hooker appointed him to command the eleventh Corps in April 1863, the Germans who made up half the eleventh Corps’ devices “made very lengthy faces,” and mocked Howard with scoffs of “Boys, allow us to pray! ” “Tracts now, rather than sauerkraut! ” whilst the eleventh Corps broke and ran below the blows of Stonewall Jackson’s assault at Chancellorsville, the military as a complete cursed the “flying Dutchmen” within the eleventh Corps.

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