Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hiram's Honor Sample Chapters on Cleveland CWRTweb site

Sample chapters on Andersonville and Gettysburg from Hiram's Honor are on the Cleveland Civil War Round Table website (click here).

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sing Not War

I am now reading Sing Not War by James Marten which describes the post-war experiences of Civil War veterans.  It was interesting to discover the controversies surrounding pensions and soldier's homes in the period 1865-1910.  Many Civil War veterans (both Union and Confederate) experienced difficult times socially and economically after the war, especially the disabled.   Others  adapted to the "men--help yourself up" attitudes and industrialization of the Gilded Age.  Most Civil War memoirs and other writings did not come out or become popular until the 1880's.  It was as if thoughts on the Civil War were not popular early on and then became interesting after a decade or two.