Marching home : Union veterans and their unending Civil War /

For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home. In a landmark work that challenges sterilized portraits accepted for generations, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely ne...

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Main Author: Jordan, Brian Matthew, 1986- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition:First edition.
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Summary:For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home. In a landmark work that challenges sterilized portraits accepted for generations, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely new narrative. These veterans, tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions, tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age. Mining previously untapped archives, Jordan uncovers anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the American psyche.
Physical Description:vii, 374 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780871407818 (hbk.) :
0871407817 (hbk.)