By M. Keith Harris
Long after the Civil struggle ended, one clash raged on: the conflict to outline and form the war's legacy. Across the Bloody Chasm deftly examines Civil warfare veterans' commemorative efforts and the concomitant -- and infrequently conflicting -- flow for reconciliation.
Though former squaddies from either side of the warfare celebrated the historical past and values of the newly reunited the USA, a deep divide remained among humans within the North and South as to how the country's prior could be remembered and the nation's beliefs commemorated. Union squaddies couldn't put out of your mind that their southern opposite numbers had taken up fingers opposed to them, whereas Confederates maintained that the foundations 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 battle, and ferociously resisting the imposition of postwar racial guidelines. M. Keith Har-ris argues that even if veterans remained devoted to reconciliation, the sectional sensibilities that encouraged the reminiscence of the conflict 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 squaddies, weaving their tales into the bigger narrative of the method of nationwide reunification. via regimental histories, speeches at veterans' gatherings, monument dedications, and warfare narratives, Harris uncovers how veterans from each side stored the deadliest struggle in American historical past alive in reminiscence at a time while the kingdom appeared decided 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