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Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians

Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians

Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians

Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians


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Much has been written about place and Civil War memory, but how do we personally remember and commemorate this part of our collective past? How do battlefields and other historic places help us understand our own history? What kinds of places are worth remembering and why? In this collection of essays, some of the most esteemed historians of the Civil War select a single meaningful place related to the war and narrate its significance. Included here are meditations on a wide assortment of places--Devil's Den at Gettysburg, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, the statue of William T. Sherman in New York's Central Park, Burnside Bridge at Antietam, the McLean House in Appomattox, and more. Paired with a contemporary photograph commissioned specifically for this book, each essay offers an unusual and accessible glimpse into how historians think about their subjects.

In addition to the editors, contributors include Edward L. Ayers, Stephen Berry, William A. Blair, David W. Blight, Peter S. Carmichael, Frances M. Clarke, Catherine Clinton, Stephen Cushman, Stephen D. Engle, Drew Gilpin Faust, Sarah E. Gardner, Judith Giesberg, Lesley J. Gordon, A. Wilson Greene, Caroline E. Janney, Jacqueline Jones, Ari Kelman, James Marten, Carol Reardon, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Brenda E. Stevenson, Elizabeth R. Varon, and Joan Waugh.

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ISBN-13: 9781469649542
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 216
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. J. Matthew Gallman is professor of history at the University of Florida. Will Gallagher is a commercial photographer based in Austin, Texas.

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Of the hundreds of Civil War books I have read over the years, this one is now one of my favorites. The authors' personal and often emotional connections to places associated with the war and its memorialization come alive in moving prose and in Will Gallagher's haunting photographs. I have visited most of these places myself, but I came away from reading the essays with a greater understanding and appreciation of their meaning than ever before.—James M. McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters

Imagine a group called Civil War Supremes and an album of their greatest hits. That's the treat in store for readers of this book. The very best voices, telling their best stories about places that stir them, and us, to reflect on the war and its memory.—Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic

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