Civil War Veterans

Harris Across bloody Chasm

Jordan Marching HomeAt our Civil War Discussion Group / History Book Club meeting last night, we discussed a number of questions that Ed Bearss answered and some we didn’t get to. One of the questions focused on Civil War veterans. Following the Civil War many men returned to their families and lives and not much was done for them unless they were physically wounded. Recently, several books have been published discussing the Civil War veterans and keeping the memory of the war alive. “Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans,” by M. Keith Harris looks at how Union and Confederate soldiers remembered the war. Brian Jordan’s new book, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War” looks at what awaited the soldiers on their return home. “The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic,” by Barbara Gannon, studies the African American and White soldiers in the GAR after the war to create the first interracial organization. Caroline Janney has written two books on the remembrance of the Civil War.