Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War / Edition 1

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Comprised of essays from twelve leading scholars, this volume extends the discussion of Civil War controversies far past the death of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. Contributors address, among other topics, Walt Whitman's poetry, the handling of the Union and Confederate dead, the treatment of disabled and destitute northern veterans, Ulysses S. Grant's imposing tomb, and Hollywood's long relationship with the Lost Cause narrative. The contributors are William Blair, Stephen Cushman, Drew Gilpin Faust, Gary W. Gallagher, J. Matthew Gallman, Joseph T. Glatthaar, Harold Holzer, James Marten, Stephanie McCurry, James M. McPherson, Carol Reardon, and Joan Waugh.

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A fine addition to the growing number of Civil War studies. Wars within a War features twelve essays by some of the finest scholars of the Civil War era on a variety of topics. . . . [Will] provoke more debate and spur further research. There is something for everyone within this volume.—Military History of the West

Provides fresh interpretations. . . . Demonstrates the vitality of Civil War history because conflicts over the war's meaning multiply, rather than diminish, with the passage of time.—Virginia Magazine

Excellent. . . . Points us toward new directions in the study of Civil War memory. . . . This useful collection contains many rich insights into the controversies unleashed by the Civil War.—Journal of Southern History

Like a brisk wind blowing away the dust from the archives and preconceived notions. . . . Remarkable.—The Advocate

A sampling of recent scholarship on the Civil War and its memory from some of the most prominent scholars in the field. . . . An excellent reader for the classroom for those who wish to introduce students to the kinds of questions that scholars are entertaining about the war and to the variety of approaches that are used to answer those questions.—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807832752
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Waugh is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and coeditor of the award-winning The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture.

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Joan Waugh Waugh, Joan Gary W. Gallagher Gallagher, Gary W.

Women Numerous and Armed: Gender and the Politics of Subsistence in the Civil War South Stephanie McCurry McCurry, Stephanie 1

Friend or Foe: Treason and the Second Confiscation Act William Blair Blair, William 27

My Enemies Are Crushed: McClellan and Lincoln James M. McPherson McPherson, James M. 52

Profile in Leadership: Generalship and Resistance in Robert E. Lee's First Month in Command of the Army of Northern Virginia Joseph T. Glatthaar Glatthaar, Joseph T. 68

In Your Hands That Musket Means Liberty: African American Soldiers and the Battle of Olustee J. Matthew Gallman Gallman, J. Matthew 87

With Malice toward Both: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in Caricature Harold Holzer Holzer, Harold 109

Walt Whitman's Real Wars Stephen Cushman Cushman, Stephen 137

Hollywood Has It Both Ways: The Rise, Fall, and Reappearance of the Lost Cause in American Film Gary W. Gallagher Gallagher, Gary W. 157

Battle over the Bodies: Burying and Reburying the Civil War Dead, 1865-1871 Drew Gilpin Faust Faust, Drew Gilpin 184

Not a Veteran in the Poorhouse: Civil War Pensions and Soldiers' Homes James Marten Marten, James 202

William T. Sherman in Postwar Georgia's Collective Memory, 1864-1914 Carol Reardon Reardon, Carol 223

The Nation's Greatest Hero Should Rest in the Nation's Greatest City Joan Waugh Waugh, Joan 249

Contributors 279

Index 281

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Social not military questions

    The Civil War generated a series of military questions that keep us busy almost 150 years after the action occurred. This book is a series of essays not on those military questions but on social issues occurring during and after the war. These essays provide a different view of the war; one that military history ignores but can expand our horizons. Essays on Social History can be written for a select audience and be tedious or impossible to read. This book contains both. Additionally, a number of authors chose to display their ample vocabulary at the expense of readability and sentence construction.
    Stephanie McCurry leads off with an excellent look at the war's impact on poor Southern white women. This is what Social History should be as she covers their entry into politics via petitions. Not the easiest read but rewarding and thought provoking.
    Gary W. Gallagher looks at Hollywood's depicting the war. An excellent writer, he knows this subject and provides an informative, interesting, readable piece.
    Matthew Gallman looks at the USCT regiments at Olustee in a combination of social and military history. This is the direction social history should consider. He has combined looking at the men in these regiments with a good look at one of their major battles.
    James Marten looks at the Soldier's Homes in a very strong essay looks a charity as it was not as we see it. Drew Gilpin Faust takes up the question of burying the Union dead and the impact it had on America. These two essays make the reader look at America as it was from 1860 to 1920. Again, this excellent social history is thought provoking and covers subject that military history ignores.
    James McPherson contributes little in an essay on Lincoln and McClellan. This is the shortest essay and contains nothing that has not been said elsewhere. There are no insights nor is there anything new or different here.
    I was unable to finish the essay on Walt Whitman. Overly academic, it seemed pointless and boring. The balance of the essays are readable and of varying interest. I would have enjoyed Carol Reardon's piece on Sherman more if I had not just read a book on the subject.
    The 12 essays score as five winners, two losers and five fair to good. This is a social history book and needs to be considered as such. The more you like social history, the more you may like this book.

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