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From the Publisher"A welcome addition to the literature on the Civil War, its veterans, and its collective memory in American society between the 1860s and 1920s."
-Civil War Book Review
"The Won Cause is a unique and important contribution to the slowly growing literature on Civil War veterans and will help inspire historians to take closer looks at the ways that veterans and their communities responded to the decades following the war."
-Journal of the Civil War Era
"An insightful examination of the ways individual memory and historical fact meld together to create an organization's and a nation's public identity."
-Civil War Times
"Gannon's innovative research method, the logical rigor of her argument, and the persuasiveness of her evidence make this an invaluable contribution to the literatures on the Civil War, emancipation, race, and memory."
-American Historical Review
"A concise and provocative book. . . . [it] will force historians to reconsider many aspects of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century race relations and to listen more carefully to the voices of the veterans."
-Register of The Kentucky Historical Society
"Gannon presents an original and absorbing account . . .countering current scholarship. . . . A compelling corrective to common misconceptions. . . . Pertinent and persuasive; highly recommended for Civil War specialists."
"Uncover[s] the extent of African American participation and integration in the GAR. . . . The Won Cause brings an important new perspective."
-The Annals of Iowa
"This book will force readers to reconsider their assumptions about 19th-century race relations. Recommended. All levels/libraries."
"Barbara Gannon has written a fine piece of scholarship with highly impressive, groundbreaking research. This important study will be a major contribution to the literature on the Civil War."—Donald R. Shaffer, author of After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans