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Bundy, Carol 1958-

Works: 2 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 519 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Carol Bundy
The nature of sacrifice : a biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64 by Carol Bundy( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bundy demonstrates how Lowell was transformed as he served on General McClellan's staff, helped to form the fabled Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment of black volunteers (led by his cousin Robert Gould Shaw), fought Colonel Mosby's guerillas, and implemented Grant's ruthless strategy in Virginia. These experiences were shadowed by the battlefield deaths of his brother, cousins, and many friends. What were they dying for, and was the sacrifice worth it?" "As Lowell and the others faced the continuing horrors of war, a new concept of self-sacrifice evolved, and Lowell, who championed this principle in life, became in death his generation's symbol of American idealism in action."--Jacket
The nature of sacrifice : a biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. by Carol Bundy( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

What are we dying for, and is the sacrifice worth it? This is a question soldiers always ponder in war. In The Nature Of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64, Carol Bundy tells the remarkable story of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.'s brief, intense life, and eloquently explores the psychological and social forces that turned an idealistic young man into a soldier who killed, a commander who led, and a son and husband who risked his life on behalf of a greater good. Rarely in Union narratives do you find so compelling and romantic a tale. A biography of Charlie Lowell is a chance to tell the story of the Civil War from the point of view of the children of the Transcendentalists: steeped in idealism, these young men yearned for practical applications. Lowell believed that the world advances by "impossibilities achieved." The American experiment in democracy was one; the abolition of slavery another. But the impossibility Lowell had in mind was not the miracle of industrial advancement that was sweeping the nation, but the abolition of slavery. Lowell volunteered in the Union Cavalry and in 1862 served on General McClellan's staff. In 1864 he joined the Cavalry Corps under Sheridan, commanding the Reserve Brigade. Carol Bundy's account of Lowell's war years, shadowed by the deaths of his brother, cousins, and friends, is unsparing in its depiction of his work in helping to form the fabled 54th Regiment of black volunteers, fighting Colonel Mosby's guerillas, implementing Grant's orders to destroy the Shenandoah Valley, and participating in the notorious Front Royal Affair, when Confederate prisoners were tortured and executed. Bundy's vivid biography, based on rich public archives and a wealth of family papers, shows in persuasive detail the antebellum Boston of Lowell's privileged childhood transformed by his father's unexpected bankruptcy and by the national controversy over slavery
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The nature of sacrifice : a biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64