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Diary of a Christian Soldier: Rufus Kinsley and the Civil War (Hardback)
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Diary of a Christian Soldier: Rufus Kinsley and the Civil War (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 03/11/2003
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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one of the nations's first and most famous black regiments - and an expertly edited transcription of Kinsley's hitherto unpublished wartime diary.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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521823340
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 559 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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
"Rankin has written a meticulous introductory biography...superb editorial work. [The work] more than succeeds as a jeremiad, replete with biblical prophecies and scriptural notations from a dedicated abolitionist and champion of the temperance movement... Recommended for New England and Civil War collections as well as large libraries." - Library Journal
"Diary of a Christian Soldier: Rufus Kinsley and the Civil War provides a vivid firsthand account of the Union struggle for control of the Louisiana bayous and of life among the African American soldiers who served there." - The Journal of Southern History, James H. Moorhead, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Rufus Kinsley's diary offers an insight into a region not often covered in Civil War writing, the experiences of slaves becoming freedmen and the inner world of being an officer in a Civil War regiment. War was not all glory. Readers will enjoy Kinsley's candor as they read of his wartime experiences." - H-CivWar, Donald Wickman, Librarian/Archivist, Woodstock Historical Society

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