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Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War

Stephen Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher

Abstract

War destroys, but it is also inspires, stimulates, and creates. It is, in this way, a muse, and a powerful one at that. The American Civil War was a particularly prolific muse—inspiring countless letters, diaries, and volumes both then and now. This book engages the Civil War writings of five of the most significant and best known narrators of the conflict: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Considering their writings as both literary expressions and as engagements with momentous events of the war, the book analyzes their n ... More

Keywords: war, American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, conflict, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618777
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Cushman, author
University of Virginia

Gary W. Gallagher, author