Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle

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With maps and a brief discussion of the Battle of the Wilderness, "Blood Promenade" provides a personal tour of one of the most savage engagements of the Civil War and offers a lively discussion of its aftermath. 18 illustrations. 4 maps.
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With maps and a brief discussion of the Battle of the Wilderness, "Blood Promenade" provides a personal tour of one of the most savage engagements of the Civil War and offers a lively discussion of its aftermath. 18 illustrations. 4 maps.
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This is a paperbound reprint of a 1999 book about which Book News wrote: The battle is called Wilderness. In May 1864, Lee, outmanned and outgunned, pinned his hopes on forcing Grant to meet him in the woods on central Virginia. Cushman (English, U. of Virginia) describes the combat at close quarters and the inability to see the whole field of engagement that resulted in one of the most brutal battles of the war. After 26,000 casualties on both sides, Grant's advance was only briefly stemmed. Stories and poems about the battle, detailed maps, and contemporary drawings are part of the account. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gary W. Gallagher

Bloody Promenade grew out of one perceptive person's nearly life-long attempt to understand the complex meanings of the Civil War. Ranging across a spacious landscape that embraces historic sites, memoirs by participants, works of fiction, and studies by historians, Stephen Cushman has written a contemplative book that should appeal to anyone interested in our great national crisis and why it continues to resonate among so many modern Americans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813918747
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: American South Series
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Cushman, Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the author of a poetry collection, Blue Pajamas, and two books of criticism on American poetry.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
In Lieu of a Label xiii
1. Signs 1
2. The Book 7
3. Buff 20
4. Ancestors 26
5. Reenactment 50
6. Eyewitness 71
7. Newspapers 88
8. Weeklies 117
9. Acoustic Shadow 160
10. Memoirs 167
11. Histories 188
12. Fictions 207
13. Poems 230
14. The Ground 254
15. Sesquicentennial 262
A Brief Description of the Battle of the Wilderness 275
A Note on Sources 283
Index 285
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