Segment from Civil War 150th

The Citizen Soldier

The American Backstory hosts talk with Christy Coleman, president of the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Virginia, on the ways contemporary events shape our understanding of the Civil War, before turning to the ways citizens saw it at the time. Considering the remarkable levels of volunteerism in the Civil War, they discuss the power of the “citizen soldier” ideal, and begin to explore what motivated so many individuals on both sides to join the fight.

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