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Faith in the fight : Civil War chaplains
Brinsfield, John Wesley.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Union military chaplains / Benedict Maryniak -- The chaplains of the Confederacy / John W. Brinsfield -- Confederate chaplains in their own words -- A Yankee chaplain remembers -- Union chaplains roster -- Confederate chaplains roster.

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For both the Union and Confederate soldiers, religion was the greatest sustainer of morale in the Civil War, and faith was a refuge in times of need. Guarding and guiding the spiritual well-being of the fighters, the army chaplain was a voice of hope and reason in an otherwise chaotic military existence. The clerics' duties did not end after Sunday prayers; rather, many ministers could be found performing daily regimental duties, and some even found their way onto fields of battle.

Author Notes

Chaplain (Colonel) John W. Brinsfield is the Chaplain Corps Historian for the U.S. Army. He has taught in the History Department at West Point and the U.S. Army War College, and currently teaches at the U.S. Army Chaplain School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
William C. Davis is Director of Programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and Professor of History at Virginia Tech, as well as the author of more than forty books on Civil War and Southern history
Benedict Maryniak is a lifelong student of the Civil War, and has served as a member of the Buffalo Civil War Round Table and President of the Lancaster, New York, Historical Society
James I. Robertson is the author of several books on the Civil War, and is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech, as well as Executive Director of Programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

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Library Journal Review

Though revivals were common, and religion provided moral strength to many soldiers during the Civil War, few historical studies have examined the chaplains who provided religious inspiration and direction for the fighting men. This book, the product of decades of research by Col. John Brinsfield (retired army chaplain), William C. Davis (Soldiers of the Civil War), Benedict Maryniak (a Civil War scholar), and James I. Robertson (Soldiers Blue and Gray), provides the most comprehensive examination of the war's holy Joes. With essays on Union and Confederate chaplains, the writings of chaplains from both sides, and a comprehensive roster of 3,694 Union and Confederate chaplains that provides their names, dates, denominations, and regimental associations, it is a unique and valuable reference. A good companion to volumes such as Gardiner H. Shattuck Jr.'s A Shield and Hiding Place: The Religious Life of the Civil War Armies, this is recommended for all public and academic libraries with an interest in the Civil War or its religious history.-Theresa R. McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Benedict MaryniakJohn W. Brinsfield
Introductionp. vii
Union Military Chaplainsp. 3
The Chaplains of the Confederacyp. 51
In Their Own Words
Confederate Chaplains in Their Own Wordsp. 97
A Yankee Chaplain Remembersp. 117
Union Chaplainsp. 129
Confederate Chaplainsp. 211