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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 1 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 1 Summary

The North won because Grant was not afraid to fight and would constantly look for battles. Holmes was transferred because the 20th Massachusetts did not have enough soldiers to accommodate more officers. He was now assigned to the staff of General Horatio G. Wright.

In April 1864, an article in the North American Review made him rethink his exhaustion with the war. It compared the Civil War with the Crusades. An article in The Atlantic Monthly called the Northern soldiers weak. Many Union Soldiers read it and used it to rally themselves for the cause. Holmes did too.

These articles and other events after the Battle at Gettysburg caused the outlook of the Union Army to change. To each soldier, the war became more of a crusade and they stepped up to take on the crusade...

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