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Re: I'm looking for a Civil War biography of a common man/woman for undergrads

I recommend another another LSU book, Michael D. Pierson's new _Lt. Spalding in Civil War Louisiana:
A Union Officer's Humor, Privilege, and Ambition_ (LSU 2016). It is short (under 208 pages), funny and has a lot nuance covering different aspects of the Civil War era, particularly social and gender history. Undergrads will like it.

Re: I'm looking for a Civil War biography of a common man/woman for undergrads

I'm not sure how "common" he was, but Ted Tunnell's biography of Marshall Twitchell, "Edge of the Sword: The Ordeal of Carpetbagger Marshall H. Twitchell in the Civil War and Reconstruction"(LSU Press, 2004) is fantastic, although the heart of the book centers on his experience as a Freedman's Bureau official in Louisiana during Reconstruction.

http://lsupress.org/books/detail/edge-of-the-sword/

I'm looking for a Civil War biography of a common man/woman for undergrads

I assign a short biography of Abraham Lincoln in my course that covers 1848-1877, and I would like to assign a short biography of a common man or woman who lived through the war (they don't have to have survived it). So no generals, leaders or other famous folks.

It needs to be less than 250 pages and a good book for undergrads. I want to use it as an example of social history v. great man history, but I want a biography

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