For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

  title={For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War},
  author={James Murdoch Mcpherson},
James M. McPherson is acclaimed as one of the finest historians writing today and a preeminent commentator on the Civil War. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of that conflict, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times, called 'history writing of the highest order.' Now, McPherson has brilliantly recreated the war and battle experience of that war from the point of view of the soldiers themselves, drawing on at least 25,000 letters written by over… 

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Internecine War Killings

  • Cara Fabre
  • Political Science, Philosophy
  • 2012
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For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

I encourage you to ask questions and make comments in class and/or during office hours. If these times are not convenient, please feel free to make an appointment with me. This is particularly

Courage of Their Convictions- A Dissenting View on What Led Civil War Soldiers to Fight [article on-line

  • New York Times,
  • 1997

Explaining the American Civil War.

  • Historian 61, no
  • 1999

Not So Dubious in Battle: The Motivations of American Civil War Soldiers.

  • Journal of Military History 62,
  • 1998

Review of James M. McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (New

  • Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 20,
  • 1997