This will appeal to students of authentic Civil War material, as well as to the sort of market that will like and Matthews Our Soldiers Speak (Little, Brown Page 15), as giving a human behind-the-front picture of the ""common soldier"" in our wars of the past. This serves as a sort of Middletown of the man in the Confeder ranks, clarifying him in relation to the war and his leaders. A montage of whence they same and why, the general pattern of their experiences, characteristics, behavior and attitudes during the four years of Civil War. There's their baptism in battle, their , greater crimes and punishments, the heroes and the cowards, the food, clothes, hardships, monotony, religion, letters, health, sickness, disease, the causes and doubtful cures, their attitude towards women, their equipment, their relations with the enemy. A composite portrait that aids up to considerable greatness as fighting man. Excellent source book.