Cover

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Title, Copyright, and Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

When the first cannon sounded over Charleston Harbor in 1861, it announced the beginning of an American literary phenomenon. Readers North and South hungered for imaginative writing about the escalating war, and canny publishers were swift to deliver. ...

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1. Various Veterans Had Told Him Tales: The Red Badge of Courage and an Inclusive Civil War Literature

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pp. 9-38

For many readers, The Red Badge of Courage (1895) occupies a curious place in the history of Civil War literature. Although routinely celebrated as our greatest novel of the war, the book has surprisingly little to say about the conflict beyond the heat and crash of battle. ...

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2. For Was I Not a Soldier, Enlisted for the War? Female Veterans in Gone with the Wind and None Shall Look Back

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pp. 39-82

By any measure, the South’s literary response to the Civil War has been enormous. During the war and for decades to follow, Southerners penned thousands of manuscripts and printed millions of words in order to assess, justify, and remember secession and its aftermath. ...

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3. The Eggshell Shibboleth of Caste and Color Too: Civilian Narrators in Absalom, Absalom! and The Unvanquished

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pp. 83-117

When we consider how often the works of William Faulkner grapple with the Civil War and its legacy, it should surprise us that the writer had so little to say about the Confederacy’s oft-mythologized troops.1 After all, the Mississippi-born author “was growing to manhood” during the years between 1890 and 1920, when the Lost Cause civil religion “flourished especially.”2 ...

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4. Each Man Has His Own Reason to Die: The Triumph of the Individual in The Killer Angels

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pp. 118-159

In January 1993, Bantam Books published a paperback edition of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s 1915 memoir, The Passing of the Armies. Early in his introduction to the text, historian James M. McPherson explained how Chamberlain, a brevet major general in the Union army, has become one of “the best-known figures” of the Civil War:...

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Conclusion: Grief Crowded the Secret Rooms of Their Hearts: Haunted Veterans in The Judas Field

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pp. 160-169

Sam Watkins and John Billings fought on opposite sides during the Civil War, and their published narratives differ widely in content, style, and delivery. In Co. Aytch, Watkins told of his own experiences in camp and battle, remembering old friends and reflecting on episodes that were sometimes humorous and often horrific. ...

Notes

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pp. 170-199

Bibliography

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pp. 200-214

Index [Includes Back Cover]

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pp. 215-223