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Peter S. Carmichael
The War for the Common Soldier

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Peter Carmichael about his latest title The War for the Common Soldier,   an examination of what was going through the hearts and minds of ordinary soldiers serving during the Civil War.

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November 30 @ 3:00 pm

The War for the Common Soldier

The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought and Survived in Civil War Armies (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era)
by Peter S. Carmichael
$34.95
Air Date/Time November 30, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 408 pages, hardcover, University of North Carolina Press

How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael’s sweeping new study of men...[+] READ MORE

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4 Comments

  1. John Dugan

    Thanks, Dr., for a great book.
    What insights can you glean from being a professor at Gettysburg College, and being a teacher on the battlefield, into the mindset of the soldier during that battle?

    Is there a specific spot on the battlefield that holds significance for you?

    Location (City/State) : Middlesex
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  2. John Dugan

    Hi Dr. Carmichael –
    I love your book, especially the chapter about Desertion and Military Justice, and John Futch.
    How has your work at the Gettysburg Civil War Institute, and on the Gettysburg Battlefield, enhanced your views of the experiences of the Common Soldier?
    Thanks,
    John Dugan

    P.S. thanks for this talk, very enlightening.

    Location (City/State) : NJ
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    • Bjorn

      John,

      Thank you so much for watching, and for asking questions!

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  3. Dave Wiegers

    Can you explain the phrase “seeing the elephant” means and how it came about?

    Location (City/State) : Gurnee
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