Library of Congress Magazine (LCM), Vol. 1 No. 2: November-December 2012 Page: 14
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BY JOHN SAYERS AND SUSAN MORDAN
The U.S. Civil War was more than great generals and bloody battles. A new Library
exhibition, on display beginning Nov. 12, highlights the impact of the war on the soldiers and
sailors, spouses, children, slaves and others, on and off the battlefield-ordinary folk dealing
with unimaginable challenges and becoming extraordinary in their own right out of their
he Civil War defined America in countless ways. So much of what we
understand of the nation-shaping conflict comes down to us in stories of
battlefields, presidents, controversial issues, and-in the literary canon-killer
angels, gods and generals, and wearers of the red badge of courage. But while the
military leaders and statesmen serve as the great historical pillars of the conflict, the
Civil War had an incredible impact on the millions of ordinary American citizens of
the time, as well.
A new Library of Congress exhibition showcases some of these individuals,
demonstrating the effect of the Civil War in America. On the following pages are
excerpts from three Americans from different parts of the country, with decidedly
different perspectives on the war.
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