[Download] ✤ Living Hell By Michael C.C. Adams – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Many Americans argues Michael C C Adams tend to think of the Civil War as glorious less awful than the reality Millions of tourists flock to battlefields each year as vacation destinations their perce Many Americans argues Michael C C Adams tend to think of the Civil War as glorious less awful than the reality Millions of tourists flock to battlefields each year as vacation destinations their perceptions of the war often shaped by reenactors who work hard for verisimilitude but who cannot ultimately simulate mutilation madness chronic disease advanced physical decay In Living Hell Adams tries a different tack clustering the voices of myriad actual participants on the firing line or in the hospital ward to create a virtual historical reenactmentPerhaps because the United States has not seen conventional war on its own soil since the collective memory of its horror has faded so that we have sanitized and romanticized even the experience of the Civil War Neither film nor reenactment can fully capture the hard truth of the four year conflict Living Hell presents a stark portrait of the human costs of the Civil War and gives readers a accurate appreciation of its profound and lasting conseuencesAdams examines the sharp contrast between the expectations of recruits versus the realities of communal living the enormous problems of dirt and exposure poor diet malnutrition and disease He describes the slaughter produced by close order combat the difficulties of cleaning up the battlefields—where tens of thousands of dead and wounded often lay in an area of only a few suare miles—and the resulting psychological damage survivors experiencedDrawing extensively on letters and memoirs of individual soldiers Adams assembles vivid accounts of the distress Confederate and Union soldiers faced daily sickness exhaustion hunger devastating injuries and makeshift hospitals where saws were often the medical instrument of choiceInverting Robert E Lee’s famous line about war Adams suggests that too many Americans become fond of war out of ignorance of its terrors Providing a powerful counterpoint to Civil War glorification Living Hell echoes William Tecumseh Sherman’s comment that war is cruelty and cannot be refinedPraise for Our Masters the Rebels A Speculation on Union Military Failure in the East –This excellent and provocative work concludes with a chapter suggesting how the image of Southern military superiority endured in spite of defeat— Civil War HistoryAdams's imaginative connections between culture and combat provide a forceful reminder that Civil War military history belongs not in an encapsulated realm with its own categories and arcane language but at the center of the study of the intellectual social and psychological currents that prevailed in the mid nineteenth century— Journal of American HistoryPraise for The Best War Ever America and World War IIAdams has a real gift for efficiently explaining complex historical problems— Reviews in American HistoryNot only is this mythologizing bad history says Adams it is dangerous as well Surrounding the war with an aura of nostalgia both fosters the delusion that war can cure our social ills and makes us strong again and weakens confidence in our ability to act effectively in our own time— Journal of Military History.
- 292 pages
- Living Hell
- Michael C.C. Adams
- 08 March 2016 Michael C.C. Adams