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gov­ern­ment pol­icy was such a far-cry from the imag­ined ro­man­tic im­age of serv­ing on the field in bat­tle.”

He said the idea for the

book came from him look­ing for a dis­ser­ta­tion topic on the sub­ject of be­ing a Civil War sol­dier, which hadn't ex­pe­ri­enced a great deal of re­search. He also fac­tored in cur­rent events.

“All of this was tak­ing place in the late 2000's, 2008, 2009,

2010, when the United States was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing re­ally try­ing cir­cum­stances in the Mid­dle East, seven, eight years into the Mid­dle East­ern wars in which we're try­ing to de­fine what it means to win the peace, to ne­go­ti­ate the af­ter­math of in­va­sion,” Lang said.

Lang also cred­ited his own men­tors and aca­demic ad­vi­sors, in­clud­ing John B. Boles, Ira Gru­ber, W. Caleb McDaniel and Richard Stoll at Rice Univer­sity, as well as Gary W. Gal­lagher from the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia and T. Michael

Par­rish of Bay­lor Univer­sity. While a stu­dent at Rice, Lang won two dis­ser­ta­tion awards. In ad­di­tion to mas­ter's and doc­toral de­grees from Rice, Lang holds a bach­e­lor's and ad­di­tional mas­ter's from the Univer­sity of North Texas.

“I'm just happy to con­tribute to a long-stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion of this univer­sity be­ing a place to study the Civil War,” Lang said. “The rank of mid 19th cen­tury Civil War era schol­ars here goes back decades. I'm just happy to be among that long list.”

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