Interestingly the quotes prove how high the standards of English were back then, as common soldiers wrote beautiful prose today most are incapable of—as one soldier writes about a wounded sergeant: ‘A bullet had clipped a groove in his skull, above the temple; from this the brain protruded in bosses, dropping off in flakes and strings. By Drew Gilpin Faust. David E. Stannard introduced American interactions with death in his 1977 book, The Puritan Way of Death. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 20o8. Pre-publication book reviews and features keeping readers and industry influencers in the know since 1933.