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From These Honored Dead
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Presenting the best current archaeological scholarship on the American Civil War, From These Honored Dead shows how historical archaeology can uncover the facts beneath the many myths and conflicting memories of the war that have been passed down through generations.

By incorporating the results of archaeological investigations, the essays in this volume shed new light on many aspects of the Civil War. Topics include soldier life in camp and on the battlefield, defense mechanisms such as earthworks construction, the role of animals during military operations, and a refreshing focus on the conflict in the Trans-Mississippi West. Supplying a range of methods and exciting conclusions, this book displays the power of archaeology in interpreting this devastating period in U.S. history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Tables
  2. p. ix
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Clarence R. Geier, Lawrence E. Babits, and Douglas D. Scott
  3. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part I. The Flow of Battle and Battlefield Landscapes
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. 1. Civil War Archaeology in the Trans-Mississippi West
  2. Douglas D. Scott
  3. pp. 7-25
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  1. 2. Archaeology of the First Battle of Boonville, Missouri, June 17, 1861
  2. Douglas D. Scott, Steven J. Dasovich, and Thomas D. Thiessen
  3. pp. 26-41
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  1. 3. Massacre and Battle at Centralia, Missouri, September 27, 1864: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives
  2. Thomas D. Thiessen, Steven J. Dasovich, and Douglas D. Scott
  3. pp. 42-56
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  1. 4. An Archaeological Study of the Battlefield of Palmito Ranch: “The Last Conflict of the Great Rebellion”
  2. Charles M. Haecker
  3. pp. 57-71
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  1. 5. Archaeological Survey of Two Civil War Battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
  2. Robert L. Jolley
  3. pp. 72-87
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  1. 6. “The Sensation of This Week”: Archaeology and the Battle of Fort Stevens
  2. John Bedell and Stephen Potter
  3. pp. 88-103
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  1. 7. South Carolina in the Civil War: A Historical-Archaeological Perspective
  2. Steven D. Smith
  3. pp. 104-118
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  1. Part II. Military Support and the Life of the Common Soldier
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. 8. With Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley: Wesley Merritt at Cedar Creek, October 1864
  2. Clarence R. Geier and Alyson L. Wood
  3. pp. 123-140
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  1. 9. Home Is Where the Woods Are: An Analysis of a Civil War Camp Complex in Virginia
  2. Matthew Reeves
  3. pp. 141-158
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  1. 10. The Fall 1863 Bivouac of the 14th Connecticut Infantry: Archaeological Investigations of Troops on Active Campaign
  2. Joseph F. Balicki
  3. pp. 159-176
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  1. 11. Issues of Horse and Mule Logistics in the Civil War
  2. Joseph W. A. Whitehorne
  3. pp. 177-190
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  1. Part III. Miscellaneous Studies: Military Earthwork Construction and the Conservation and Care of Military Artifacts
  2. pp. 191-192
  1. 12. Archaeology and Reconstruction of Fort Putnam, Camp Nelson: A Civil War Heritage Park in Jessamine County, Kentucky
  2. W. Stephen McBride, Kim A. McBride, and J. David McBride
  3. pp. 193-206
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  1. 13. The Application of Magnetic Prospecting Methods on the 1863 Bivouacs of the 2nd Corps, 3rd Division, 2nd Brigade
  2. Peter Leach, Kerri Holland, and Joseph F. Balicki
  3. pp. 207-221
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  1. 14. Confederate River Defenses during the American Civil War: A Case Study from the Hammock Landing Battery on the Apalachicola River, Florida
  2. C. Brian Mabelitini
  3. pp. 222-237
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  1. 15. The Tale of a Gun—IX-Inch Dahlgren #FP573: It’s Not Just a Cannon, It’s a Story
  2. Lawrence E. Babits, Christopher F. Amer, Lynn Harris, and Joe Beatty
  3. pp. 238-246
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  1. 16. Addressing the Myths: Recent Civil War Studies at the Blountville, Tennessee, and Resaca, Georgia, Battlefields
  2. Christopher T. Espenshade
  3. pp. 247-262
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  1. Appendix. METT-T, KOCOA, and the Principles of War: A Template Guiding a Better Understanding of Battlefield Behavior and Detritus
  2. Lawrence E. Babits
  3. pp. 263-270
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 271-304
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 305-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-322
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