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From an in-progress database of 50,000+ Union court-martial records, the author of "The Story Soldiers Wouldn't Tell" looks at the records of fifty colonels to address the impact of placing volunteer officers under the command of regular-army generals. The stories are humorous, tragic, profane, and picaresque--all are part of the constant struggle between the habits of the citizen and the demands on a soldier in a civil democracy at war. Photos, graphs & tables.

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