Civil War Places
Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians
by Edited by Gary W. Gallagher and J. Matthew Gallman
Pub Date 25 Mar 2019
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Photographs by Will Gallagher.
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 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, Jaqueline Jones, Ari Kelman, James Marten, Carol Reardon, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Brenda E. Stevenson, Elizabeth R. Varon, and Joan Waugh.
"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
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