The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byEdward M. Coffman

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One of the most important works of military history published in the last decade, The Old Army is the only comprehensive study of the people who made up the "garrison world" in the peacetime intervals between the War for Independence and the Spanish-American War. Drawing on diaries, letters,and other primary documents, Edward M. Coffman vividly recreates the harsh, often lonely life of men, collected mostly from the streets of Northern cities, for whom enlistment was "a leap in the dark...a choice of evils." He pays special attention to the roles of women and children, as well asblack Americans, and to the development of military professionalism. From the testimony of those who lived it, Coffman traces the evolution of the American Army from "the days of small things"--of limited resources and downright hardship--to the modern military age that began at the turn of thecentury.

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One of the most important works of military history published in the last decade, The Old Army is the only comprehensive study of the people who made up the "garrison world" in the peacetime intervals between the War for Independence and the Spanish-American War. Drawing on diaries, letters,and other primary documents, Edward M. Coffm...

Edward M. Coffman is at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 5.31 × 7.99 × 1.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195045556

ISBN - 13:9780195045550

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"The skillful use of primary sources and the emphasis on the army in larger society make for a scholarly and interesting social as well as military history. Highly recommended."--Library Journal