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 evokes, stimulates, and creates. it truly is, during this means, a muse, and a strong one at that. the yankee Civil battle used to be a very prolific muse--unleashing with its violent realities a torrent of language, from infantrymen' 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 trials of the struggle, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to provide a richer knowing of ways Civil conflict writing chronicled the occasions of the clash as they opened up after which served to border the reminiscence of the battle afterward.
Elegantly interweaving army and literary historical past, Cushman makes use of the various 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 opponents and chroniclers but additionally essentially reworked American letters.
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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. Second only to his friend U.
In greeting Emerson by repeating this remembered sentence, Lincoln immediately identified himself with Kentucky, which he left with his family for Indiana when he was only four, as he also identified himself with it the previous year, during February 1861, as he made his way east for his inauguration as president. 14 Meanwhile, the passage from Emerson’s journal would seem to support those who argue that Lincoln did not attend Emerson’s Smithsonian lecture the night before, since, first, it would be a rare lecturer who would fail to notice, and note in his journal, the president of the United States in his audience and, second, Lincoln’s greeting would make no sense if he had just heard Emerson lecture a few hours before.
Even if we risk appearing naive and gullible, we stand a much better chance of discovering something useful if instead we follow Douglas Wilson, in remarks he delivered on accepting the Lincoln Prize, and consider questions such as these: “So Lincoln had been in the audience for one of Emerson’s famous lectures, but when? where? and which lecture? ”15 Wilson responded to his own questions by claiming that “there is a fairly straightforward answer” to the first two of them, the when and the where.