For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War Topics for Discussion

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What are McPherson's three categories of motivation? Where does he derive these categories and how does he use them in the book?

What does McPherson see as three of the most important sustaining motivations for Civil War soldiers?

What does McPherson see as three of the most important combat motivations for Civil War soldiers?

What does McPherson see as three of the most important initial motivations for Civil War soldiers?

What were some of the differences in motivation between Union soldiers and Confederate soldiers? What were some of the less expected similarities?

How did the Confederate soldiers view slavery? How did Union soldiers view slavery? Describe any changes or surprising facts that you learned.

How reliable is McPherson's method of letter analyzing as a tool for understanding the motivations of Civil War soldiers?

In your opinion, which factors that McPherson discusses were the most...

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