For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War Character Descriptions

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James McPherson - This person is the author of the book and a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer.

Civil War Soldiers - This group is the main focus of the book; it seeks to answer why this group took the actions they did.

Union Soldiers - This group was the invading force in the conflict and tended to have more abstract and ideological motivations for their actions.

Confederate Soldiers - This group was the defending force in the conflict and tended to have motivations of duty, honor, and defense of liberty for their actions.

Enlisted Men - This group was largely comprised of volunteers that often resented the discipline imposed on them.

Officers - This group joined the war effort voluntarily and were often motivated by thoughts of glory; they found other groups in the war effort undisciplined.

Slaves - This group was not initially the focus of the...

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