Publisher description for Courage under fire : profiles in bravery from the battlefields of the Civil War / Wiley Sword.


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Through diaries and letter written on the battlefield, in camps, and on the deathbeds of soldiers from north and south, Wiley Sword, writes about more than the Civil War. He writes of the complex working of a soldier’s mind coming to grips with life and death in a time when his country was at war with itself. On Aug. 3, 1864, Illinois Lieutenant Frank Curtiss was ordered by his commander to take the 127th Illinois Infantry into a charge of the fortified Rebel lines. He knew certain death was in store for him and his men. He also knew little tactical superiority would be gained for lives lost and refused to do it. Confederate Brigadier General Patrick Cleburne, one of the South's greatest military tacticians, left diaries showing he was striving to refine his methods to save lives while winning battles. And then there is the Rhode Island Regiment's Major Sullivan Ballou who, in 1861 on the eve of the battle of Bull Run who wrote of courage and dedication to his cause. Wiley Sword constructs a picture of the military mind that still resonates in today's wars.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Soldiers -- United States -- Psychology -- History -- 19th century.
Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Psychology.
Courage -- United States -- Case studies.
Courage -- Confederate States of America -- Case studies.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
United States. -- Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
Confederate States of America. -- Army -- Military life.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Psychological aspects.