Cloyd, Benjamin G., 1976-

Haunted by atrocity : Civil War prisons in American memory / Benjamin G. Cloyd. - Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2010. - xii, 251 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. - Making the modern South . - Making the modern South. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Our souls are filled with unutterable anguish" : atrocity and the origins of divisive memory, 1861-1865 -- "Remember Andersonville" : recrimination during Reconstruction, 1865-1877 -- "This nation cannot afford to forget" : contesting the memory of suffering, 1877-1898 -- "We are the living witnesses" : the limitations of reconciliation, 1898-1914 -- "A more proper perspective" : objectivity in the shadow of twentieth-century war, 1914-1960 -- "Better to take advantage of outsiders' curiosity" : the consumption of objective memory, 1960-present -- "The task of history is never done" : Andersonville National Historic Site, the national POW museum, and the triumph of patriotic memory.

The first study of Civil War memory to focus exclusively on the military prison camps, Haunted by Atrocity offers a cautionary tale of how Americans, for generations, have unconsciously constructed their recollections of painful events in ways that protect cherished ideals of myth, meaning, identity, and, ultimately, a deeply rooted faith in American exceptionalism.

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Military prisons--History--United States--19th century.
Military prisons--History.--Confederate States of America
Prisoners of war--History--United States--19th century.
Prisoners of war--Confederate States of America.
Memory--Social aspects--History--United States--19th century.

United States--History--Prisoners and prisons.--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Atrocities.--Civil War, 1861-1865

E615 / .C58 2010