By Bierce, Ambrose; Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence; Cushman, Stephen; Lincoln, Abraham; Sherman, William T.; Sherman, William Tecumseh; Whitman, Walt; Whitman, Walt
Battle destroys, however it additionally conjures up, stimulates, and creates. it truly is, during this means, a muse, and a strong one at that. the yank Civil battle was once a very prolific muse--unleashing with its violent realities a torrent of language, from squaddies' intimate letters and diaries to daily newspaper debts, nice speeches, and enduring literary works. In Belligerent Muse, Stephen Cushman considers the Civil struggle writings of 5 of the main major and top identified narrators of the clash: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. contemplating their writings either as literary expressions and as efforts to checklist the pains of the conflict, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to supply a richer realizing of ways Civil warfare writing chronicled the occasions of the clash as they opened up after which served to border the reminiscence of the struggle afterward.
Elegantly interweaving army and literary background, Cushman makes use of a few of the war's most famed writers and their works to discover the profound ways that our nation's nice clash not just replaced the lives of its fighters and chroniclers but in addition essentially reworked American letters.
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In his 1868 painting Boyhood of Lincoln, Eastman Johnson represented this image of Lincoln as a youth sitting on a four-legged stool with a book open before his face, which wears an expression of rapt attention, as the boy leans his upper body backward toward a huge fireplace in order to catch its illumination on his page. But, in fact, how good a reader was Lincoln? How much culture did he actually absorb through the careful reading of books? The testimony of Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, which came in the form of a letter dated February 16, 1870, quoted by one of Lincoln’s early biographers, Ward H.
Shirley Samuels (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012); “Walt Whitman’s Real Wars,” in Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War, ed. Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009); and “When Lincoln Met Emerson,” Journal of the Civil War Era 3, no. 2 (June 2013). 18 17 16 15 14 5 4 3 2 1 For those who learn and those who teach Contents Foreword by Gary W. Gallagher Acknowledgments Introduction CHAPTER ONE When Lincoln Met Emerson, and the Two Addresses CHAPTER TWO Walt Whitman’s Real Wars CHAPTER THREE Sherman the Writer CHAPTER FOUR Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History CHAPTER FIVE Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Repeats Appomattox Last Words Notes Index Foreword I always have admired William Tecumseh Sherman’s Memoirs.
If anything, Emerson often sounded as though he would not object to prescribing a good stiff dose of English gentility as an antidote to some of the western coarseness and meanness. If Lincoln was in the audience, sitting beside Browning, who was also born in Kentucky, what did he think of such remarks? More pointedly, since we know he had a memory for what Emerson said about people from Kentucky, whom Emerson had first observed during the earlier lecture tour of 1850, what would Lincoln have made of the two references to Kentuckians in “The Anglo-Saxon”?
Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War by Bierce, Ambrose; Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence; Cushman, Stephen; Lincoln, Abraham; Sherman, William T.; Sherman, William Tecumseh; Whitman, Walt; Whitman, Walt