While God is Marching on: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers
They read the same Bible and prayed to the same God, but they faced each other in battle with rage in their hearts. The Civil War not only pitted brother against brother but also Christian against Christian, with soldiers from North and South alike devoutly believing that God was on their side. Steven E. Woodworth, a Civil War historian, presents the first detailed study of soldiers'' religious beliefs and how they influenced the course of that tragic conflict. He shows how Christian teaching and practice shaped the worldview of soldiers on both sides: how it motivated them for the struggle, how it influenced he way they fought, and how it shaped national life after the war ended. Through the diaries, letters, ad reminiscences of common soldiers, Woodworth illuminates religious belief from the home front to the battlefield, where thoughts of death and the afterlife were always close at hand. Woodworth reveals what these men thought about God and what they believed God thought about the war.
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Cyrus Boyd of the Fifteenth lowa wrote in May 1862 , “ I hope our Army will not
attack the enemy tomorrow as it is Sunday and our men seem to have a dread of
going into battle on that day unless in defence . The terrible Sunday at Pittsburgh
That would not become a significant problem until the enemy actually began
winning a number of significant victories . For the Confederacy , the need to come
to terms with the reality of enemy successes began with the year 1862 . In
18 Naturally , there had always been the usual litany of how wrong the enemy
was . J . Trooper Armstrong of the Ninth Arkansas wrote to his wife of “ this unjust
& unholy war that has been waged against us , ” and there were many more like ...
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Woodworth (history, Texas Christian Univ.; Jefferson Davis and His Generals) has written an extensively researched volume that through diaries, letters, and reminiscences explores the relationship of ... Leer comentario completo
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