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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Civil War in Words and Deeds, The

First-person accounts bring fresh perspective to a subject of perpetual fascination.  The Civil War in Words and Deeds makes available rare, original chronicles of army life in the most devastating conflict in U.S. history.

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Date Range: 1860-1865
Content: 144,069 pages
Source Library: Lost Cause Press

Individually and collectively, original Civil War monographs constitute a source of great historical value. This collection of histories and personal narratives, compiled primarily between the end of the war and 1920, chronicles the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.

Genealogists and students of military history, Southern history, literature and American studies will find an unmatched depth of personal insight: the reasons individuals volunteered, the wonderment of leaving home, the excitement of initially going to the front, the clash of arms, the drudgery of camp life, the boredom of garrison duty and the anguish of imprisonment are expounded in these accounts. Attitudes toward officers and fellow soldiers, the enemy and the political questions of the war are recorded with a richness that brings new credibility and perspective to scholarly research.

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The Civil War was the defining experience in the development of the United States. No event directly affected a greater proportion of the nation’s population: about 10% of Americans fought in the war and more than 700,000 sacrificed their lives. The country continues to struggle with the issues of race, civil rights, the politics of federalism and the heritage that are legacies of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Thousands of regimental histories and personal narratives about the war have been published – often by private presses or state governments – but most were never widely distributed. Fragile, un-indexed and scattered, these records have remained difficult for historians and genealogists to find and use.

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