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Our War: Days and Events in the Fight of the Union

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A human history of New Hampshire in the Civil War.

Our War: Days and Events in the Fight of the Union

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The Civil War, as they lived it . . . On the morning of April 15, 1861, friends roused Edward E. Sturtevant, the night watchman in Concord, New Hampshire, so that he could become the first man in the state to volunteer to fight for the Union. Thousands of men followed him into uniform during the next four years as the Civil War touched every heart and home.
In Our War, Mike Pride uses letters, diaries, and contemporary newspaper accounts to shape fifty stories of death, love, bravery, and survival. One story leads to another, and the war unfolds as New Hampshire men and women lived it from the heady days of 1861 to the costly victory of 1865.
This innovative approach allows the people of the Civil War generation to answer the big questions in their own words: Why did they go to war? How did the war play out on the home front? How did they view the shift in the war’s cause from preserving the Union to freeing the slaves? Why did men fight on despite poor leadership, ghastly carnage, and epidemic swamp fevers?
A few familiar names show up in Our War, but nearly all its characters are ordinary people trying to survive extraordinary times. In these pages they live again a century and a half later to capture the essence of their war, and ours.

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No historian has been more imaginative than Mike Pride in weaving together the intricate relationships between home front and the army. Beautifully written and brilliantly researched, compelling and important.
— Peter Carmichael, Director
Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College

Once again, Mike Pride has brought the past alive with this insightful and moving reminder that the best history is more often than not a bottom-up history. We see a “universe of battle” through the eyes of people who might have been our great-grandfathers. This is history firing on all cylinders.
— Ken Burns
Filmmaker, The Civil War

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Author Mike Pride
Binding Hard cover
Number of pages 306
Publisher Monitor Publishing Co.

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