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In our polarized society, even historians are playing along. Two distinct camps appear to contain most military historians of the Civil War: traditional militarists and the nontraditional militarists. Lorien Foote, who stands firmly in the latter camp, shows the merits of viewing society’s impact upon the military rather than taking the more traditional top-down approach. In The Yankee Plague, Foote makes a compelling argument that during the latter months of the Civil War, waves of escaping Union prisoners of war hastened the collapse of the Confederacy.