'Across Five Aprils' is a novel written by Irene Hunt that takes place on the farm of Creighton's family in southern Illinois during the American Civil War. This book extends five Aprils from 1861 to 1865.The American Civil war was happening between the Union and the Confederate Army. The American war is breaking families apart because of the disagreement of the concept of war. When the war begins, Creighton's son, Jethro sees that the war may be dividing north and the south from each other but also dividing people between his family. It wasn't what Jethro imagine the war would be like.
The United States Civil War is possible one of the most meaningful, bloodstained and controversial war fought in American history. Northern Americans against Southern Americans fought against one another for a variety of motives. These motives aroused from a wide range of ideologies that stirred around the states. In James M. McPherson’s What they fought for: 1861-1865, he analyzes the Union and Confederate soldier’s morale and ideological components through the letters they wrote to love ones while at war. While, John WhiteClay Chambers and G. Kurt Piehler depict Civil War soldiers through their letters detailing the agonizing battles of war in Major Problems in American Military History.
Tim O’Brien’s book, The Things They Carried, is not a casual story based on war, but divided stories that paint a picture of veterans and what they were developing during and after the war. O’Brien brings up hard hitting points in each book that affects a reader in so many ways. O’Brien uses his novel with symbolisms to deeply understand characters, types of grieving each character is affiliated with, and more so what these characters carry emotionally, mentally, and figuratively throughout the book, nevertheless, making these characters relatable with actual people. O’Brien’s characters are all different, Jimmy Cross was a lieutenant who’s in love and is not desired to lead his men to fight for their own freedom and stop war. Azar is a disrespectful,
The novel The Slopes of War by N.A Perez forecasts the gruesome story if the Union Vs. Confederate war. At the time, President Abraham Lincoln was running the country and wanted to abolish slavery. The bonds between families were tested throughout the duration of the war. As the book progresses one of the main characters, Bekah Summerhill finds herself and develops into this new young woman.
It has been one and a half centuries since the end of the American Civil War, and in the past couple generations, many historians and author’s have published letters, diaries, newspapers, etc. written by soldiers and civilians from that era. From housewives, and generals, to African-American and women soldiers, all of whom have documented they 're experiences through written text. Both the Union and South have significant figures who will be forever remembered because of they’re personal testament. The goal here is to explore the lives of casualties, soldiers, and noncombatants in the Civil War. These written works have served as the voices for the voiceless, and help to shed light to the horrors and triumphs that were in many cases were kept
Life for the Union Soldier was not only brutal on the battlefield, but the camp life for a Union soldier was just as cruel. With the lack of personal hygiene, unsavory and repugnant food, and the shortage of clothing made living, a very difficult thing to do. Growth in the number of people with diseases was also a contributing factor to the massive amounts of death within the camp and as well as the post-battle wounds that often left either a man with one less limb or put in a mental institution. A Union Soldier’s life during the Civil War was cruel and horrific during their stay at the camps.
Drew Gilpin Faust’s, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, is an intensive study that reflects on the impact of the Civil war had on the soldiers and civilians. Faust wanted to show that, as they dealt with and mourned over the overwhelming amount of carnage, the nation and the lives of the American people were already changed forever. Although there are many other publications relating to the Civil war, she is able to successfully reflect upon the morbid topic of death in the Civil war in a new and unique way. This book shows the war in a whole different perspective by focusing less on quantifying and stating the statistics of the civil war deaths. Rather, she examines more closely on how the Civil War deaths transformed the “society, culture and politics,” and the impact it had on the lives of the Americans in the 19th century.
For instance, when Moss and Smith make up a story about being fishermen back home, they are described as “forever carrying on as if they were still fishermen back in Newfoundland” followed by a description of how they use their “Father’s skiff” (19). Moss and Smith making the distinction of using their father’s boat alongside the before mentioned description of the two, demonstrates their desire to return to their homeland and the subconscious desire of seeing their father’s. Furthermore, each of the men’s desire to see their father can in turn be said that they have the desire to see their family. Thus, proving that during times of war, the comfort of family is lost. Another example which proves the author’s point is when the new recruits are assigned to their companies and it is described that they are “offered cigarettes'' (88) by the other men in their newly appointed company.
Kiowa, Ted Lavender, and Jimmy Cross are three very different people who were brought together to fight for a common purpose. They not only carried their own belongings, but each other too. This story shows how war can affect people and tells of the burdens that weigh soldiers down for a
The book I read this month was titled Voices from the Civil War by Milton Meltzer. When the United States defeated Mexico we gained California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado(Pg.1). In 1850 the Fugitive Slave Law came to power. It stated that all slave found in the North where to be returned to there owner.
When reading “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, he writes a captivating story of sorrow, terror, love, and a desire to gain freedom from the war within. Within this war, these men face emotional baggage and in Lieutenant Cross’s life, he carries the burden of death. However, within this story is a sense of love, an imagination of affection, and the freedom with safety. O’Brien envelopes the reader saying, “True war stories do not generalize…It comes down to gut instinct.
The telling emotions expressed in Patrick Gilmore's song, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” stand out to provide an important insight into the ending of the Civil War. We hear too often about the feelings of the men and women on the battlefield; sometimes, people forget that these brave fighters had families. While the soldiers’ morale serves as an important indicator to the outcome of the war, the attitude of their relatives at home also plays an important role in determining a winner. When commoners in the village will “ all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home,” they indirectly show their tiredness for the war (Gilmore 7). By hoping for their friend or relative to return, the people want to end the war.
The story “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemmingway depicts the wounding and post-traumatic experience of the First World War of the main character Harold Krebs and his family. Like most soldiers’ experience of the war, upon return to their lives back home, their lives virtually had no more meaning to them. Krebs presents a painful realization in this manner in which he interacts with his mother. She tries to think of her son as a hero and make him feel like one by encouraging him to re-tell his tales from the war. Krebs knows that the impressions his mother is making are not authentic and she, just like the rest of his fellow town folk are tired of hearing and reading the same stories from the war (De Baerdemaeker 24).
While the film focuses on just one family, the other characters add other minor details of what occurred during the civil war. From the absence of a household leader to the lack of a religious leader, there was no one to guide the people into the light. Since there was no guidance present, there wasn’t any hope, and injustice the violence kept
Learning from the analysis, readers are able to fully understand regarding the situation during and after the Civil War. Moreover, readers can also learn about how the Civil War ends and appreciate more on what the people at that time do to win the victory. From the poem itself, readers will realize that the power of perception can give 1 thing 2 entirely different labels and emotion blinds truth. We must hold on to what is true, even when our emotions burn within us to take reactive