Review of Beilein, Jr. Joseph M., A Man by Any Other Name: William Clarke Quantrill and the Search for American Manhood

Zander, Cecily N.
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The Civil War Monitor

In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, historians of a much earlier American conflict began to see similarities between the guerilla warfare that played out in the dense jungles of Southeast Asia and the irregular fighting that characterized the Civil War experience in places like Missouri and Kansas. Men such as William Clarke Quantrill suddenly emerged as vivid and violent exceptions to the traditional story of Civil War combat. These Civil War guerrillas, like Tom Berenger’s crazed Staff Sargent Robert Barnes in Platoon, were bloody-minded aberrations from the typical American soldier—villains all.

Article originally published by The Civil War Monitor. English. Published December 2023. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.
American military history, Civil War-era guerrilla warfare, Civil War combat
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