After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered--or struggled to reenter--the lives and communities they had left behind. In <i>Sing Not War</i>, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century's "Greatest Generation" attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by non-veterans. By James Marten. Hardcover, 368 pages.
While battlefield parks and memorials erected in town squares and cemeteries have served to commemorate southern valor in the Civil War, Confederate soldiers' homes were actually 'living monuments' to the Lost Cause, housing the very men who made that cause their own. R.B. Rosenburg provides us the first account of the establishment and operation of these homes for disabled and indigent souther veterans, which had their heyday between the 1880s and the 1920s. By R.B. Rosenburg. Hardcover, 256 pages.
Dr. Hopkins scoured manuscript repositories and private collections to locate every known "from-life" image of R. E. Lee in existence today. The detailed text accompanying these images provides a sweeping history of Lee's life and a compelling discussion of antique photography, with biographical sketches of all of Lee's known photographers. By Donald A. Hopkins. Hardcover, 216 pages.
This diary by Judith Brockenbrough McGuire, edited by James I. Robertson, Jr., is among the first of such works published after the Civil War. Although McGuire's is one of the most-quoted memoirs by a Confederate woman, James I. Robertson's edition is the first to present vital details not given in the original text. His meticulous annotations furnish references for poems and quotations, supply the names of individuals whom McGuire identifies by their initials alone, and provide an in-depth account of McGuire's extraordinary life. Hardcover, 366 pages.
This interesting book covers much more than the cavalryman's incredible feats on the field of battle. It provides the most complete analysis of Forrest's hardscrabble childhood in backwater Mississippi, his rise to wealth in the slave trade, his role in the infamous Fort Pillow massacre of black Union soldiers, and his declining health and premature death. By Brian Steele Wills. Paperback, 478 pages.
"Blindly accepting historical 'truths' without vigorous challenge," cautions one historian, "is a perilous path to understanding real history." The shocking revelations in this new book will forever change our perceptions of Hood as both a man and a general, and those who set out to shape his legacy. By Stephen M. Hood. Hardcover, 384 pages.
This vivid mile-by-mile account takes you on the roads the soldiers used as Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia on its last march from Petersburg to Appomattox, April 1865. Eleven detailed road maps and nine battle diagrams by Steve Stanley. Numerous modern and period photographs and contemporary line drawings. By Chris Calkins, 84 pages. Paperback.
In this carefully researched book William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed.
As early as 1865, survivors of the Civil War were acutely aware that people were purposefully shaping what would be remembered about the war and what would be omitted from the historical record. In Remembering the Civil War, Caroline E. Janney examines how the war generation--men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates--crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. Janney maintains that the participants never fully embraced the reconciliation so famously represented in handshakes across stone walls.
Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House evokes a highly gratifying image in the popular mind -- it was, many believe, a moment that transcended politics, a moment of healing, a moment of patriotism untainted by ideology. But as Elizabeth Varon reveals in this vividly narrated history, this rosy image conceals a seething debate over precisely what the surrender meant and what kind of nation would emerge from war.