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A Wisconsin Boy in Dixie: Civil War Letters of James K.Newton (North Coast Books) [Paperback]

James K. Newton , Stephen E. Ambrose

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31 Mar 1995 North Coast Books
These letters follow Newton as he travelled more than 5000 miles as a soldier in the American Civil War.

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; Reissue edition (31 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299024849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299024840
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,455,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Stephen E. Ambrose's] collection of James Newton's letters to his parents will appeal to readers who want to go beyond the din of battle and the oratory of politicians and look at the Civil War from a different perspective, that of a common soldier writing home."--"Kliatt"

About the Author

James K. Newton (1843-1892) served in the Union Infantry from 1861 to 1865. Later, he studied at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he remained as professor of French and German until 1888. He died in California in 1892. Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) was professor of history at the University of New Orleans. Among his many books are "Undaunted Courage, Band of Brothers," and "Citizen Soldiers."

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5.0 out of 5 stars From Wisconsin to Vicksburg! 21 Oct 2003
By Todd E. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
It is difficult to rate a book by 5 Stars or less when it is someone's diary. The book covers Newton's journey from enlistment in 1861 to final discharge in 1865. It is a rather quick read of his letters sent home although it covers the monthly grind of soldiering in the 14th Wisconsin. Newton skips many descriptions of horrific content in his letters home that was common back then and manages to keep them clean. His hardships endured through out the many years of soldiering are toned down in his writing. Perhaps, like other soldiers, he didn't want family to worry at home. His attitude towards black soldiers brings about expression that by today's standards would be considered racist. His letters do bring to light the emotion and desire to return home and also helps illustrate the psychological profiles of soldiers close to him. You can never go wrong studying letters from the Civil War as they always help bring new life to the realities of the conflict. This book certainly can bring new insight and thought to anyone looking understand more about soldiering during the Civil War.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Local history 12 May 2013
By Gary J Cimperman - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved reading about some ordinary soldier from Wisconsin. Ambrose turned the ordinary into something pretty special. I was able to go to Vicksburg and walk in his footsteps. I even found his name engraved on a statue there.
4.0 out of 5 stars let's go back in history and read the real details with this author 25 Jan 2012
By Gary J. Chenett - Published on Amazon.com
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First person book written about the nitty gritty and true horrors of war.
The horrors that unfortunately most people don't expeperience,

If they only did I am convinved we would have far fewer conflicts, especially by those of us who live in the Free World....

A great read, I am a former combat Veteran and you can bet I am very Thankful I missed this war.
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