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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864 provides a fascinating glimpse into the political and social landscape of America during the Civil War era. The various articles and essays included in this issue cover a wide range of topics, from literature and philosophy to politics and war.

One particularly compelling piece is an examination of the role of women in society, highlighting the struggles and triumphs of women during a time of great upheaval. The author delves into the complex issues of gender equality and the changing dynamics of power and authority between the sexes.

Another standout article is a poignant reflection on the horrors of war, written by a soldier who has experienced firsthand the brutality and suffering of battle. The visceral descriptions and raw emotions captured in this piece truly bring to life the devastating impact of war on individuals and communities.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864 is a thought-provoking and enlightening read that offers valuable insight into the complexities of American society during a tumultuous period in history. Its diverse range of perspectives and topics make it a compelling and engaging publication for anyone interested in the Civil War era.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Transcriber's Note: Minor typos have been corrected and footnotes moved to the end of the article.



[I wish to record, as truthfully as I may, the beginnings of a momentous experiment, which, by proving the aptitude of the freed slaves for military drill and discipline, their ardent loyalty, their courage under fire, and their self control in success, contributed somewhat towards solving the problem of the war, and towards remoulding the destinies of two races on this continent.

During a civil war events succeed each other so rapidly that these earlier incidents are long since overshadowed. The colored soldiery are now numbered no longer by hundreds, but by tens of thousands. Yet there was a period when the whole enterprise seemed the most daring of innovations, and during those months the demeanor of this particular regiment, the First South Carolina, was watched with microscopic scrutiny by friends and foes. Its officers had reason to know this, since the slightest camp incidents sometimes came back to them, magnified and distorted, in anxious letters of inquiry from remote parts of the Union... Continue reading book >>

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