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Diary of a Christian Soldier

Diary of a Christian Soldier
Rufus Kinsley and the Civil War


  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521823340

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  • This book offers a meticulous reconstruction of the life of Rufus Kinsley - an ordinary New England soldier who during the Civil War became an officer in one of the nations's first and most famous black regiments - and an expertly edited transcription of Kinsley's hitherto unpublished wartime diary. Kinsley's diary sheds light on a long neglected theater of the war - the battle for the bayou country of southwestern Louisiana - and it illuminates the workaday routines of black and white soldiers stationed behind Union lines but thoroughly immersed in the unprecedented improvisations that accompanied the social revolution that was emancipation. Kinsley's perspective is that of a too often neglected type: the absolutely dedicated evangelical abolitionist soldier who believed that the war and its consequences were divine retribution for the sin of slavery. The introductory biography places Kinsley's civil war experience in the context of his life and his times.

    • Offers a perspective of the civil war from the point of view of a religious radical
    • Unique account of the American civil war
    • A meticulous and fascinating reconstruction of the life of this New England soldier
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The diary has been meticulously edited by David Rankin. Civil War enthusiasts will no doubt appreciate the workaday details in which much of it necessarily deals.' Church Times

    ' … an intriguing book … an enjoyable read … This is an excellent read … It will be referred to many times, long after the first intriguing read.' Open History

    'Rankin's book is unique in that it extols a military figure who never participated in armed battle.' Cercles

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521823340
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.559kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Preface: Part II. Introduction:
    1. Early life
    2. Civil war
    3. Post-civil war
    Part III. Diary: Part IV. Index.

  • Author

    David C. Rankin, University of California, Irvine

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