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Foreword

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pp. ix-xiv

As men of North and South left home to join the army at the outbreak of the Civil War, many of them had their picture taken. “For the few days in which the military are being enrolled,” the American correspondent to an English periodical noted, “the photographic galleries are thriving: the wise soldier makes his will, and seeks the...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xxiii

The history of the Civil War is the stories of its soldiers.1 Personal accounts of Northern men comprise my 2004 book Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories. This companion volume profiles volunteers from the Southern states and soldiers...

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Cartes de Visite

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pp. 1-234

Soon after the start of the war, newly organized volunteers converged on Camp Lee, near Richmond, Virginia, to muster into the army as the Twenty-first Virginia Infantry. On June 21, 1861, the two companies that would form the heart and soul of the regiment met for the first time: Company B, a select group of Baltimore’s cultural...

Notes

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pp. 235-263

References

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pp. 265-278

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 279-281

Reporting that I spent hours typing on the computer, tucked away in libraries, and traipsing across battlefields suggests that this journey was a lonely trek along a solitary path. Quite the opposite is true. Along the way, I was joined by thoughtful individuals who generously shared their time, experience, and research; and throughout the journey the support of family and friends kept...

Index

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pp. 283-288