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Brian Matthew Jordan

Biography

Brian Matthew Jordan

Brian Matthew Jordan is an associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University. His first book, MARCHING HOME: UNION VETERANS and THEIR UNENDING CIVIL WAR, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. He lives in Willis, Texas.

Brian Matthew Jordan

Books by Brian Matthew Jordan

by Brian Matthew Jordan - History, Nonfiction
The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, yet our nation remains fiercely divided over its enduring legacies. At the heart of this vital account is the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Its ranks weathered the human ordeal of war in painstakingly routine ways, fighting in two defining battles, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, each time in the thick of the killing. But the men of the 107th were not lauded as heroes for their bravery and their suffering. Most of them were ethnic Germans, set apart by language and identity, and their loyalties were regularly questioned by a nativist Northern press. Reclaiming these men for posterity, Jordan reveals that even as they endured the horrible extremes of war, the Ohioans contemplated the deeper meanings of the conflict at every turn --- from personal questions of citizenship and belonging to the overriding matter of slavery and emancipation.