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 Posted: Thu Jun 24th, 2010 08:03 pm
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My favorite type of CW reading is first hand personal accounts, diaries, letters, books that were written by people after the war who lived it, but even in those books, you rarely hear good descriptions of battle, all too often they pass over the actual battle.
I know there's reasons for that, but I would also like to read more about actually being in the midst of the fray.

Well, I I read this book, "The Union Soldier in Battle" by Hess, so far it has been the best at describing what it was actually like in the midst of the fray and what soldiers were thinking and feeling before and after. I didn't say during because often they were going on adrenaline, no time for thinking, which may be why so many couldn't write about it, but I knew some had to written some things.



 Posted: Sun Jun 27th, 2010 01:17 pm
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Hess is a superb historian... one of my favorites. If you want another great book by him try The Rifled Musket in the Civil War.

Mark



 Posted: Mon Jun 28th, 2010 01:27 am
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Yes, in looking up reviews for the book I got of his, I saw some general comments about his books - all favorable. I'm sure I'll be reading some more.



 Posted: Sat Jul 16th, 2011 07:15 pm
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Just got this book from Amazon. I've read the first two chapters and it is definitely a good read. The Union soldiers describing the sounds of battle is very interesting.



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