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The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union, by Bell Irvin Wiley. Draws upon the letters and diaries of innumerable Union soldiers and on other first-hand accounts. Describes well the rigors of training and camp life, the diseases and unhealthy living conditions which plagued the Union army, the boredom and enforced routines, the bad food, temptations to vice, and experience of combat. (454 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)