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The common soldier in the Civil War.
by Bell Irvin Wiley.
Book one, The life of Billy Yank. Book two, The life of Johnny Reb. /
|Main Creator:||Wiley, Bell Irvin, 1906-1980.|
Contains the author's The life of Billy Yank, and The life of Johnny Reb, previously published separately. These are the classic studies on the common soldier in the Civil War and a delight to read. Historians and Civil War buffs are very fortunate that, perhaps for the first time in history, the "common soldier", Irish and non-Irish, Confederate or Union, was literate and could record not only what happened on the battlefields but in the day-to-day activities they all experienced. No longer would stories be told only by and for the rich and powerful. The accounts are now immeasurably richer and more closely approximate what actually happened. Wiley devotes some attention to the role that immigrant soldiers, Germans and Irish especially, played in the war. Wiley attributes the motivation of the Irish to the "sheer live of combat."
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New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 
Contains the author's The life of Billy Yank, and The life of Johnny Reb, previously published separately.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 438-446 and 421-426) and indices.
Physical description: 454, 444 pages, 30 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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GR 5692: Stephen Griffin Collection
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