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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The frightful casualties entailed by all this fighting would eventually lead those
who went on living to think anew , more deeply and more searchingly , about
what it all meant and where God was in the midst of all the horror . And even prior
We are fighting for our homes , our wives , and our families and all that is sacred ,
and all we want is to be let alone . Our enemies are fighting for conquest and
plunder . ” The battle did not come off as anticipated , but two days later Fielder ...
... then turned to the charge leveled by some that the Union was fighting solely to
free the slaves . Fisk said that there was much more involved , but that fighting to
free the slaves was certainly a good and proper motive . “ I verily believe that He
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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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