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Much has been written about place and Civil War memory, but how do we personally remember and commemorate this part of our collective past? How do battlefields and other historic places help us understand our own history? What kinds of places are worth remembering and why? In this collection of essays, some of the most esteemed historians of the Civil War select a single meaningful place related to the war and narrate its significance. Included here are meditations on a wide assortment of places--Devil's Den at Gettysburg, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, the statue of William T. Sherman in New York's Central Park, Burnside Bridge at Antietam, the McLean House in Appomattox, and more. Paired with a contemporary photograph commissioned specifically for this book, each essay offers an unusual and accessible glimpse into how historians think about their subjects.

In addition to the editors, contributors include Edward L. Ayers, Stephen Berry, William A. Blair, David W. Blight, Peter S. Carmichael, Frances M. Clarke, Catherine Clinton, Stephen Cushman, Stephen D. Engle, Drew Gilpin Faust, Sarah E. Gardner, Judith Giesberg, Lesley J. Gordon, A. Wilson Greene, Caroline E. Janney, Jacqueline Jones, Ari Kelman, James Marten, Carol Reardon, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Brenda E. Stevenson, Elizabeth R. Varon, and Joan Waugh.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
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  1. Introduction
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  1. I. Battlefields: Places of Fighting
  1. The Church in the Maelstrom
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  1. My Cave Life in Hospital
  2. pp. 16-22
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  1. The Triangular Field and Devil’s Den
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. Camp Allegheny
  2. pp. 29-35
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  1. Bridge to the Past
  2. pp. 36-41
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  1. An Unknown Grave
  2. pp. 42-48
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  1. Boundaries of Memory at the Sand Creek Site
  2. pp. 49-55
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  1. Ceding the High Ground of Hindsight
  2. pp. 56-62
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  1. II. Cemeteries: Places of Mourning
  1. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Los Angeles National Cemetery
  2. pp. 65-71
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  1. A “Rightful Place”: The Graves of George and LaSalle Pickett, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
  2. pp. 72-77
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  1. Black Lives at Arlington National Cemetery: From Slavery to Segregation
  2. pp. 78-84
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  1. At Nathaniel Bowditch’s Grave
  2. pp. 85-90
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  1. III. Memorials: Places of Memory
  1. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall: A Place for Quiet Reflection
  2. pp. 93-98
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  1. Sherman at the Plaza
  2. pp. 99-106
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  1. Memory’s Past and Future: Harvard’s Memorial Hall
  2. pp. 107-114
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  1. In the Thickets of History and Memory: Using Charlottesville’s Confederate Memorial Landscape
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. The People for Whom He Saved the Union: The Lincoln Memorial
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. The Emancipation Oak: Commemorating Freedom, Family, and Intellectual Pursuit
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. IV. Buildings: Enduring Places
  1. Forging the Confederacy
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass’s Personal Civil War Museum for a Public Man
  2. pp. 144-151
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  1. Surrender Grounds: The McLean House at Appomattox
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. The Crimes of This Guilty Land Will Never Be Purged Away but with Blood: John Brown at the Charles Town Courthouse
  2. pp. 158-163
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  1. My Soldiers’ Home
  2. pp. 164-169
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  1. The Green-Meldrim House
  2. pp. 170-176
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  1. A Room of His Own
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. Thoughts about Shooting the Images in Civil War Places
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469649559
Related ISBN
9781469649535
MARC Record
OCLC
1085349149
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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