Faith in God and Generals

Faith in God and Generals: An Anthology of Faith, Hope, and Love in the American Civil War

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What with a foreword by Ron Maxwell, director of the movie Gods and Generals, it is easy to grasp that this book is a companion to the film, and doubtless seeing the movie and reading Jeff Shaara’s novel Gods and Generals (1996) will enrich appreciation of editors Baehr and Wales’ compilation. Still, the copiously illustrated book is independently useful as attestation of the importance of religion in the life of the general society that fought the Civil War and in the lives of many figures prominent in it. Stonewall Jackson is the predominant figure here, because of the novel and film but also because his faith had a burning intensity that daunted even some of his contemporaries. Robert E. Lee, who worshiped duty as much as anything else, is also prominent, as is Abraham Lincoln, a self-construed nonsectarian Christian. Less inevitable figures include William Rosecrans, whose reputation may suffer now as it did then from his devout Catholicism, and George McClellan, who isn’t usually considered to have worshiped anything other than himself. Roland Green
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Weight 32 oz
Dimensions 8.6 x 10 x .7 in
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187 pages

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