Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans

TitleAcross the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHarris, M. Keith
Number of Pages232
PublisherLouisiana State University Press
CityBaton Rouge
Abstract

 M. Keith Harris argues that although veterans remained committed to reconciliation, the sectional sensibilities that influenced the memory of the war left the North and South far from a meaningful accord. Harris's masterful analysis of veteran memory assesses the ideological commitments of a generation of former soldiers, weaving their stories into the larger narrative of the process of national reunification. Through regimental histories, speeches at veterans' gatherings, monument dedications, and war narratives, Harris uncovers how veterans from both sides kept the deadliest war in American history alive in memory at a time when the nation seemed determined to move beyond conflict [Publisher.]

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