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Historian and author Peter S. Carmichael, Fluhrer Professor of Civil War History and director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, offers a unique perspective of the common soldier through dramatic stories based upon the letters and diaries of Union and Confederate soldiers.

Periodically I will be posting letters from soldiers that are featured in The War for the Common Soldier. They are highlighted below in the Soldier Spotlight; additionally, their full-length letters and diary entries can be found under “Soldier Letters.”


Barnes and Noble

University of North Carolina Press

Soldier Spotlight