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Belligerent MuseFive Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War$
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Stephen Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618777

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Belligerent Muse
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Stephen Cushman

Gary W. Gallagher

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides a brief background of the book, arguing that the writings from the past should not entirely become the basis of conclusions about real events. This applies especially to writers who are self-conscious about their powers and those who are writing publicly for large readerships. The chapter presents five of the most significant narrators of the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. It also describes what can happen when discussions of historical detail complement verbal artistry.

Keywords:   Civil War narrators, historical detail, verbal artistry, William Tecumseh Sherman, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Abraham Lincoln, Ambrose Bierce

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