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Northern CharacterCollege-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era$
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.001.0001

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The Character to Command

The Character to Command

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(p.137) 6 The Character to Command
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Northern Character
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.003.0007

This chapter examines how New Brahmins adapted to military life and their experiences in combat. College-educated men who viewed themselves as societal elites embraced the disciplined lifestyle that military codes prescribed. Drawing upon their own college lessons about discipline, the New Brahmins hoped to instill the same beliefs into the men under their command. New Brahmin officers expressed anxiety about combat since it tested both their internal character and the performance of their individual units. The chapter also explores what New Brahmins who commanded African-American soldiers thought of their men.

Keywords:   African-American soldiers, combat, discipline, leadership

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