224 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3051-9
Published: October 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3052-6
Published: September 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5905-3
Published: February 2020
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Awards & distinctions
Finalist, Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
In contrast to recent scholarship focused solely on the Civil War's carnage, Dilbeck details how the Union sought both to deal sternly with Confederates and to adhere to certain constraints. The Union's earnest effort to wage a just war ultimately helped give the Civil War its distinct character, a blend of immense destruction and remarkable restraint.
About the Author
D. H. Dilbeck is assistant professor of history at Oklahoma Baptist University.
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“Concisely analyzes both the legal underpinning of the evolving rules of war and how they were applied in the field.”--Civil War Times
“Addresses important issues and provides insight into the difficult and complex questions confronting the North during this great and devastating conflict.”--New England Quarterly
“Well organized and deeply researched, with ample notes and an impressive bibliography. . . . It breaks new ground.”--Civil War News
“Valuable insight into the war that marks an embrace of modern warfare and abandonment of traditional just war ideals. Highly recommended.”--Choice
"D. H. Dilbeck presents a clear and provocative treatment of a very difficult and complex subject, offering a well-balanced assessment of the effort to conduct ‘hard war’ in a humane way. Nuanced, complex, and captivating."--George C. Rable, author of God’s Almost Chosen Peoples
"D. H. Dilbeck has produced a judicious, accessible, and fresh book answering the complicated question: was the American Civil War a just war? A More Civil War examines the elements of a conflict waged hard but one that also yielded humane and legal restrictions codified by Columbia professor Francis Lieber in 1863. An excellent introduction to the role of morality and law in wartime for students and general readers alike."--Joan Waugh, author of U. S. Grant