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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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Belligerent Muse
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Stephen Cushman

Gary W. Gallagher

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.003.0007

This chapter sums up the main arguments raised in the book, noting that Civil War writings and narratives disprove the belief that only victors write good histories. It contends that some of these writings show that it is the vanquished whose histories have also prevailed. In a society where anyone willing to pay can publish anything, not only the victors can write histories. The chapter concludes that military narratives were so effective that they can be considered the objects of history which future readers will continue to learn from.

Keywords:   Civil War, victors, vanquished, military narrative, history, winners

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