Chapter

Prologue

in War Stories

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226108629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226108643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226108643.003.0001
Prologue

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This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the stories of the wartime sufferings of Union soldiers during the American Civil War. This volume focuses on five of the North's most popular tales of wartime suffering. These include stories that depicted Union officers' heroic deaths, those that described the behavior of white enlistees in confronting wounds and sickness, tales focusing on the effects of voluntary efforts on suffering men, those that imagined the beneficial impact of Northern voluntarism on warfare itself and those featuring Union amputees as the conflict's most evident and inspirational victims. This volume analyzes what these stories did for their tellers and analyzes the reasons for their enduring appeal.

Keywords: wartime sufferings; Union soldiers; American Civil War; heroic deaths; Northern voluntarism; Union amputees

Chapter.  3069 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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