By M. Keith Harris
Long after the Civil battle ended, one clash raged on: the conflict to outline and form the war's legacy. Across the Bloody Chasm deftly examines Civil battle veterans' commemorative efforts and the concomitant -- and occasionally conflicting -- move for reconciliation.
Though former squaddies from either side of the struggle celebrated the heritage and values of the newly reunited the US, a deep divide remained among humans within the North and South as to how the country's prior will be remembered and the nation's beliefs venerated. Union squaddies couldn't disregard that their southern opposite numbers had taken up palms opposed to them, whereas Confederates maintained that the rules of states' rights and freedom from tyranny aligned with the ideals and intentions of the founding fathers. accomplice infantrymen additionally challenged northern claims of an ethical victory, insisting that slavery had now not been the reason for the warfare, and ferociously resisting the imposition of postwar racial rules. M. Keith Har-ris argues that even if veterans remained dedicated to reconciliation, the sectional sensibilities that stimulated the reminiscence of the battle left the North and South faraway from a significant accord.
Harris's masterful research of veteran reminiscence assesses the ideological commitments of a iteration of former infantrymen, weaving their tales into the bigger narrative of the method of nationwide reunification. via regimental histories, speeches at veterans' gatherings, monument dedications, and battle narratives, Harris uncovers how veterans from either side saved the deadliest battle in American historical past alive in reminiscence at a time whilst the state appeared made up our minds to maneuver past conflict.
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Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) by M. Keith Harris