Remembering (and Forgetting) Civil War Surrenders
This chapter seeks to situate how surrenders fit into the memorialization and memory of the Civil War. It argues that surrender sites, unlike battlefields, proved challenging to commemorate. This began in 1865 with Robert Anderson's return to Fort Sumter and the rise of the Lost Cause. Focusing on Fort Sumter, Vicksburg, Appomattox Courthouse, and Bennett Place, the chapter looks at the monuments built on these sites and how they were commemorated during the Civil War Centennial and Sesquicentennial.
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