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War MattersMaterial Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Joan E. Cashin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.001.0001

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The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat

The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat

Returning Home in the Spring of 1865

(p.198) 9 The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat
War Matters
Peter S. Carmichael
University of North Carolina Press

As the war drew to a close in Virginia, veterans from both armies collected relics to validate their service to their respective causes. They gathered many different objects, such as tree branches, paper currency, paper documents, army boots, battle flags, and jewelry. But the Confederate keepsakes could serve another, more dire purpose, by underscoring racial solidarity among whites in the postwar South.

Keywords:   Veterans, Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, Appomattox Court House, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, John Smith of Pennsylvania, John Chamberlayne of Virginia, Army of the Potomac, Army of Northern Virginia

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