Book Reviews87 further divided on the issue. When Captain Dorr died leading his men in 1864, his Â ather grieved much as the nation did. The author compared his sermons to Lincolnâs own sentiments at the time, and compares them to the immortal words of his Second Inaugural Address. The epilogue covers the reverendâs own passing in 1869 and the postwar lives of other figures in the book. Despite superb research and fluid writing, the question of âso what?â hangs over the Â hole book. Quigleyâs chapters engage a wide range of priÂ mary and secondary sources. He touches on religious, military, poÂ itiÂ al, and l c social history in engaging detail. Yet, the book lacks an overarching thesis that ties them together. If seen as a composite biography of the Dorrs, then Pure Heart offers scholars and the public a vivid account of elite PhiladelÂ phiansâ divisions during the Civil War. As anything Â lse, however, it offers Âittle new to the study of that conflict. Quigley fails to find the âspiritâ of modÂ eration in his subjects. The result is a nicely written but aimless book that merely synthesizes what Â thers have covered elsewhere.
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Jul 17, 2017
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