American Civil War Armies (5). Volunteer Militia by Katcher Ph., Volstad R.

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Uniformed volunteer devices have been raised through members, frequently from an area's social ?lite who had sufficient spare time and money to spend on such enthusiasms. They voted on their unit designation, their officials and non-commissioned officials, their unit ideas, and their uniform. Many destiny leaders realized their talents in those ranks, and volunteer defense force devices shaped the middle of many combating devices on each side of the Mason-Dixon line. With the aid of various pictures and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates through Ron Volstad, Philip Katcher does a very good activity of detailing the uniforms of the volunteer defense force of the yankee Civil conflict (1861-1865).

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740). the evolution of liberal epic: the english reception of f´enelon For the custom of tormenting and killing of Beasts will, by degrees, harden their Minds even towards Men. . All the Entertainment and talk of History is of nothing almost but Fighting and Killing: And the Honour and Renown, that is bestowed on Conquerors (who for the most part are but the great Butchers of Mankind) farther mislead growing Youth, who by this means come to think Slaughter the laudable Business of Mankind, and the most Heroick of Vertues.

Indd 34 6/27/11 11:03:26 AM INTRODU C TIO N 35 into doubt by the progress of liberal ideology. Hayden White’s monumental Metahistory (1973) dismisses the category of epic for eighteenthcentury historical narrative largely on these grounds. For him epics, in this age of irony (irony, in political economy, plays out in terms of the theory of beneficial self-interest and the invisible hand), could only be accepted as very rare exceptions or freakish tours de force. Liberal epic, however, flourished precisely in terms of the logic of the exception, the special case that eludes the ironic, ethical, and materialist dismissal of traditional heroism.

Alfred’s boyhood reading consisted of primitive heroic poems of the sort Hume otherwise found morally objectionable to elevated moral tastes: “His genius was first rouzed by the recital of Saxon poems, in which the queen took delight; and this species of erudition, which is sometimes able to make a considerable progress even among barbarians, expanded those noble and elevated sentiments, which he had received from nature” (1: 64). Hume’s embarrassment here is palpable. His historical theories did not allow for civilizing and benevolent poetry to be produced by savage cultures.

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