St. Martin's Griffin
In Courage Under Fire, award-winning historian Wiley Sword captures the fervor of a nation at war with itself. Through the immediacy of diaries and letters written not only on the battlefields and in camps but also on the deathbeds of soldiers from both the North and South, Sword lays bare the complexities and depth of a soldier’s mind in coming to grips with life and death—even while his country, and often his family, is mercilessly ripped apart.
From wives and mothers to the highest military figures, all strived toward often worthy but difficult objectives, while seeking to suffer as little as possible. Featured in this compelling study of men and women facing the severest stress of their lives are fascinating stories such as that of Union Lieutenant Colonel Frank Curtiss, Confederate General John Bell Hood, and war widow Lucy Morse.