Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. ix

List of Illustrations

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pp. xi-xiii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvii

This book — like its subject — has a long history. So it is no surprise that in researching and writing it I have accumulated a long list of debts. At the University of Georgia Press, Derek Krissoff has been a champion of the project from the beginning and an ideal editor. I cannot thank him...

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Introduction: American Ruins

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pp. 1-9

On a blustery day in December 1864, New York soldier and former Andersonville prisoner of war John Worrell Northrop clutched the railings of a Confederate flag- of-truce vessel in Charleston Harbor. He and his fellow prisoners were to be exchanged, transferred to a Union boat...

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One: Our Own Pompeii: Ruined Cities

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pp. 10-60

Urban centers owe their existence to warfare. The earliest human communities created defensive strongholds to safeguard themselves and their wealth from attack; the towns that survived over the centuries are “palimpsests of 1,000 years of defensive...

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Two: Lone Chimneys: Domestic Ruins

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pp. 61-102

She held her breath and waited, squeezing the children a little too tightly. The guard had been called off and left with his command, so it was just a matter of time. The minutes passed. Then footsteps sounded on the stairs, one pair of boots and then two and then ten. The sound of a door hitting a...

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Three: Battle Logs: Ruined Forests

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pp. 103-159

Harper’s Pictorial History of the War (1866) contains a two- page illustration of the deserted winter encampment of Confederate soldiers serving under General Braxton Bragg in Tennessee (see fig. 3.1). The timber used to construct the huts has disappeared, either burned or scavenged by soldiers...

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Four: Empty Sleeves and Government Legs: The Ruins of Men

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pp. 160-227

As nineteen- year-old Napoleon Perkins set up his caisson in an orchard to the right of the Chancellors’ house in the Wilderness, Confederates opened up on the Union lines, and “it was something frightful the way their shells and canister sweped our lines.” Single canister shots took out...

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Conclusion: The Ruins of History

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pp. 228-239

After slogging through the swampy ravines of Mississippi during Grant’s campaign for Vicksburg in May 1863, Ohio sergeant Osborn Oldroyd confessed to looking forward to the siege of the city and the sharpshooting practice it would afford him. As he and his men fired over the edge...

Notes

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pp. 241-279

Bibliography

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pp. 281-312

Index

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pp. 313-332