Civil War Biographies, Diaries and Letters Tell It Like It Was

Civil War Soldier's Letter Home

Today, the media portrays film stars, politicians, captains of industry, athletes and comic book figures as if they were heroes. They're glorified, made to seem larger-than-life and somehow deserving of honor and praise. But in the crucible of the Civil War, the concept of a heroism was refined under extreme conditions, leaving no doubt about the meaning of the term in its purest form. The heroes of that war risked their lives and fortunes in daring exploits on behalf of a cause greater than themselves.

To truly appreciate the greatness of the Civil War heroes, we have to experience the events of that era through their eyes and in their own words. We have to turn to autobiographies and biographies to learn their stories in intimate detail.