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by James McIvor

God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story epub ebook

Author: James McIvor
Category: Christian Living
Language: English
Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (October 31, 2006)
Pages: 162 pages
ISBN: 0452287693
ISBN13: 978-0452287693
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 542
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James McIvor has given us a glimpse into what the life of the soldiers fighting in the Civil War was really like. This true story from the Civil War was educational and interesting. I liked the history of some of the Christmas carols that came from early America.

James McIvor has given us a glimpse into what the life of the soldiers fighting in the Civil War was really like. Christmas and war aren't usually thought to be the subjects of a book to be read during the season of goodwill and glad tidings but the author has shown his ability to take the reader into the hearts and minds of those boys/men fighting for survival. The book begins with the second Christmas of the war in 1862 and, through letters, takes the reader into their hearts and minds.

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book by James McIvor. In the tradition of the bestselling Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, this inspiring title is filled with soldiers' letters, Christmas poems, and songs from the period. McIvor presents the true story of unabashed holiday spirit on the eve of the Battle of Stones River in Tennessee.

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A heartwarming Civil War tale bound to become an American holiday classicIn the winter of 1862, during the seemingly endless nightmare of the Civil War, a small miracle occurred. Just after Christmas, on the eve of the bloody battle of Stones River in Tennessee, the Union and Confederate armies set up camp within shouting distance of one ather. To raise their spirits, they began a volley of patriotic tunes- Yankee Doodle drowned out by Dixie.

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That is why God Rest Ye Merry, Solders: A True Civil War Christmas Story by James McIvor Should Be A Movie. Note: Images are from Google. Use of Images and Music is lawful under Fair Usage. Battle Cry of Freedom by Bobby Horton From the Album Homespun Songs of the . Published November 3, 2005 by Viking Adult On Christmas Day 1862, North Carolina soldier Constantine A. Hege wrote his parents, full of the homesickness an. . Published November 3, 2005 by Viking Adult. Internet Archive Wishlist. On Christmas Day 1862, North Carolina soldier Constantine A. Hege wrote his parents, full of the homesickness and weariness that gripped many a soldier that second Christmas of war.

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God Rest Ye Merry Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story A heartwarming Civil War tale bound to become an American holiday classic In the winter of 1862, during the seemingly endless nightmare of the Civil War, a small miracle occurred. Just after Christmas, on the eve of the bloody battle of Stones River in Te. Specifications. Prichard, Michael, McIvor, James.

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In the tradition of the bestselling Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, the true story of a Civil War Christmas miracle  In the waning days of 1862, Union and Confederate troops set up camp within earshot of one another in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Christmas had just passed, and for many of these battle-wearied young soldiers the holiday season was a melancholy reminder of the families and loved ones they’d left behind. Bands from both camps played patriotic songs in an attempt to raise spirits, a musical duel that presaged the bloody battle to come. Then, something extraordinary occurred. One of the bands began playing a popular sentimental tune called “Home Sweet Home.” Soon, bands from both sides picked up the tune, and before long thousands of Northern and Southern soldiers had joined together in song.

God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story tells the tale of this yuletide interlude, which came at a time when the early optimism of the Civil War had given way to the bitter realities of seemingly endless bloodshed. Told through soldiers’ letters and period songs, God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers is the hopeful and touching story of human compassion in the midst of unspeakable violence.

Reviews (7)
Jugore
James McIvor's God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story (Plume, 2006) is one of the most rewarding and one of the most confounding books I've read in some time.

The cons: it's hard to say what the author was going for as it seems to be three books-in-one...the subtitle ("A True...Story") seemingly refers to an episode on the eve of Battle of Stone's River (a full week after Christmas) in which soldiers from both sides sang "Home Sweet Home," yet he spends less than three pages on the episode and offers but a single firsthand account; the book does include a bibliography but no endnotes nor an index, which makes it hard to adequately trace some of the truly good primary source material in the book (see below); look, I love Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative, but I get gas when I see it used a source; finally, the author tends to exaggerate and hold to well-worn myths on certain points of tactics, technology, etc.

Now, for the pros, and there are a lot of them:

It's a short book, very affordable, and available in a variety of formats, and the actual book size makes it a great "stocking stuffer."

The first chapter (especially) of the book describes the increasing importance of Christmas celebrations in AMerica in the mid-19th-century and does an even better job of pointing to differences between a still-"Merry" Christmas of 1861 to a significantly changed atmosphere in late 1862, especially in the South

The book does include a great number of meaningful and relevant excerpts of soldier correspondence during Christmastime, many fittingly drawn from the Stone's River Battlefield archives and other archival/unpublished sources.

The book actually serves as an estimable summary of the Battle of Stone's River.

The human interest stories within are terrific, including a few tragic coincidences and premonitions, and I find myself wanting to learn more about a few people in the book, especially Col. Julius P. Garresche.

The inclusion and interpretation of wartime Christmas poetry was a real value; some of it was obscure, but even the well-known poems like Longfellow's "I Heard the Bells" are provided in their entirety and it's often the less-quoted lines that are the most poetic.

The writing and storytelling is done with grace and sensitivity befitting the holiday, the tragic nature of war, and the hope of the first peacetime Christmas in 1865.

The book is admittedly something of a "mash-up," but everyone should find that it is more than the sum of its parts. Recommended.

Twentyfirstfinger
This book revolves around the people who participated in the 1862 Civil War battle "The Battle of Stones River", fought near Murfreeboro, Tennessee just after Christmas. It is not at all an account of the battle itself.

The author uses mostly excerpts from letters and autobiographies from participants to illustrate how Christmas 1862 felt to the people involved in this particular battle. There are Christmas poems from papers of the day, popular song lyrics, letters to and from home, and biographical information about various people involved.

There are no complete accounts of the battle but only descriptions of part of the battle that allow the reader to develop a context in which to place these events; so if you are looking for a military account on the Battle of Stones River, this is not the book to read.

The story of the Generals and Privates that are covered here are poignant. There are several accounts of participants who foresaw their death. There are a number of accounts of merciful treatment from enemy combatants. I found these accounts the most intriguing. The story of the 2 opposing armies singing together "Home, Sweet Home" on the eve of battle is probably the climax of the book.

The author also includes material on the nature of Christmas in 1862 and gives an excellent history of the evolution of this holiday and explanations of why it is the way it is. This was excellent material and fascinating.

Overall, a very enjoyable account of the juxtaposition of religious observances and the horror of war. Definitely worth a read.

Laizel
loved this book, i could read this over and over... beautifully written....

LONUDOG
Great read. Good historic novel.

GODMAX
What Christmas 1863 was like when the South started losing battles. Read this in one week since it was short.

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