Veterans North and South : The Transition from Soldier to Civilian after the American Civil War.

By: Cimbala, Paul AMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandReflections on the Civil War Era: Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (230 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780313038211Subject(s): United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects.;United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans.;Veterans--Confederate States of America.;Veterans--United States--History--19th century.;Veterans--United States--Social conditions--19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Veterans North and South: the Transition from Soldier to Civilian after the American Civil WarDDC classification: 973.78 LOC classification: E462Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- CONTENTS -- Series Foreword -- Introduction -- Chapter One: The End of the War -- Chapter Two: Going Home -- Chapter Three: Facing Postwar Adjustment -- Chapter Four: The Useful Consequences of Service -- Chapter Five: Sons and Families -- Chapter Six: Rebuilding and Building Families -- Chapter Seven: Making Ends Meet at Old Homes and New -- Chapter Eight: Overcoming Lost Time and Physical Disabilities -- Chapter Nine: Confederate Veterans Resurgent -- Chapter Ten: Union Veterans in the Era of Reconstruction -- Chapter Eleven: Remembering a Meaningful Experience -- Notes -- Bibliographical Essay -- Index -- A photo essay follows.
Summary: Nothing transforms "dry, boring history" into fascinating and engaging stories like learning about long-ago events through the words of those who lived them. What was it like to witness-and participate in-the horrors of a war that lasted four years and claimed over half a million lives, and then emerge as a survivor into a drastically changed world? Veterans North and South: The Transition from Soldier to Civilian after the American Civil War takes readers back to this unimaginable time through the words of Civil War soldiers who fought on both sides, illuminating their profound, life-changing experiences during the war and in the postbellum period. The book covers the period from the surrender of the armies of the Confederacy to the return of the veterans to their homes. It follows them through their readjustment to civilian life and to family life while addressing their ability-and in some cases, inability-to become productive members of society. By surveying Civil War veterans' individual stories, readers will gain an in-depth understanding of these soldiers' sacrifices and comprehend how these discrete experiences coalesced to form America's memory of this war as a nation.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- CONTENTS -- Series Foreword -- Introduction -- Chapter One: The End of the War -- Chapter Two: Going Home -- Chapter Three: Facing Postwar Adjustment -- Chapter Four: The Useful Consequences of Service -- Chapter Five: Sons and Families -- Chapter Six: Rebuilding and Building Families -- Chapter Seven: Making Ends Meet at Old Homes and New -- Chapter Eight: Overcoming Lost Time and Physical Disabilities -- Chapter Nine: Confederate Veterans Resurgent -- Chapter Ten: Union Veterans in the Era of Reconstruction -- Chapter Eleven: Remembering a Meaningful Experience -- Notes -- Bibliographical Essay -- Index -- A photo essay follows.

Nothing transforms "dry, boring history" into fascinating and engaging stories like learning about long-ago events through the words of those who lived them. What was it like to witness-and participate in-the horrors of a war that lasted four years and claimed over half a million lives, and then emerge as a survivor into a drastically changed world? Veterans North and South: The Transition from Soldier to Civilian after the American Civil War takes readers back to this unimaginable time through the words of Civil War soldiers who fought on both sides, illuminating their profound, life-changing experiences during the war and in the postbellum period. The book covers the period from the surrender of the armies of the Confederacy to the return of the veterans to their homes. It follows them through their readjustment to civilian life and to family life while addressing their ability-and in some cases, inability-to become productive members of society. By surveying Civil War veterans' individual stories, readers will gain an in-depth understanding of these soldiers' sacrifices and comprehend how these discrete experiences coalesced to form America's memory of this war as a nation.

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The US has a well-established pattern of building a military force capable of fighting a war when needed and then demobilizing the troops when they are no longer needed. Cimbala (Fordham Univ.) has produced an excellent book on that experience following the Civil War. His narrative includes personal information from individual veterans who lived through the horrors of that war and then returned to families, friends, and communities that were not the same as they had been when they left to begin their military service. The author covers the period from the Confederate surrender to the veterans' return to their homes, and illustrates how that transition allowed them to shape the postwar country. He also delves into the differences between posttraumatic stress disorder and moral injury, which helps explain the reaction of some veterans, especially some Confederate veterans, to postwar conditions. Students of the New South will find this study an important foundation for their understanding of the subject. Libraries with Southern history collections will find it a must-have addition. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. --Jerry Purvis Sanson, Louisiana State University at Alexandria

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Paul A. Cimbala , PhD, is professor of history at Fordham University, Bronx, NY.

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