The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation: The Decade of the 1890's and the Establishment of America's First Five Military Parks / Edition 6

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Overview

The 1890s, argues Timothy B. Smith in his new book, represented the climax of battlefield preservation in America. But what makes this decade so important?
 
This decade was the perfect time for the establishment of these national parks. Five Civil War battlegrounds—at Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Shiloh, Antietam, and Vicksburg—were commemorated as national sites during this time. Just past the bitterness and racial tensions of Reconstruction and prior to the explosive growth brought on by the Second Industrial Revolution, the time was right for the war's veterans from both sides to come together, in a spirit of reconciliation and brotherhood, to lead the efforts to open the parks. As yet unmarred by development, these battlefield sites were preserved mostly intact, just how the veterans would have remembered them. To date, they represent the country's finest preserved battlefields.

Smith's book is the first to look at the process of battlefield reservation as a whole.  He focuses on how each of these sites was established and the important individuals—the congressmen, the former soldiers, the veteran commissioners—who were the catalysts for the creation of these parks.
 
The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation is a watershed book about an essential period in the history of battlefield preservation and will be of interest to any reader who wishes to have a better understanding how such preservation efforts were initiated.
 
Timothy B. Smith is the author of This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park and The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield.  He is a former park ranger at the Shiloh National Military Park and now teaches at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572336223
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,115,880
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy B. Smith is the author of This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park and The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield.  He is a former park ranger at the Shiloh National Military Park and now teaches at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Edwin C. Bearss Bearss, Edwin C.

The Context of Civil War Battlefield Preservation 1

1 Battlefields, Cemeteries, and Early Preservation: The Prelude to the 1890s-Era Parks, 1861-1890 11

2 Congress, the War Department, and the National Military Parks: The Context of the 1890s-Era Battlefield Preservation, 1890-1933 31

3 "A Western Gettysburg": Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 1890-1933 51

4 "The Experiment at Antietam": Antietam National Battlefield, 1890-1933 87

5 "This Great Battlefield": Shiloh National Military Park, 1894-1933 115

6 "A Splendid Monument to American Valor" Gettysburg National Military Park, 1895-1933 145

7 "A Valuable Contribution to Military Science": Vicksburg National Military Park, 1899-1933 179

8 The Golden Age Reassessed 211

Epilogue 219

Appendix 1 Enabling Legislation 223

Appendix 2 Military Park Commissioners and Board Members 235

Notes 237

Bibliography 273

Index 283

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