Cloyd, Benjamin G.

Haunted by Atrocity : Civil War Prisons in American Memory - Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2010. - 1 online resource (278 p.) - eBooks on Demand Making the Modern South . - Making the Modern South .

Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 "Our Souls Are Filled with Unutterable Anguish" ATROCITY AND THE ORIGINS OF DIVISIVE MEMORY, 1861-1865; 2 "Remember Andersonville" RECRIMINATION DURING RECONSTRUCTION, 1865-1877; 3 "This Nation Cannot Afford to Forget" CONTESTING THE MEMORY OF SUFFERING, 1877-1898; 4 "We Are the Living Witnesses" THE LIMITATIONS OF RECONCILIATION, 1898-1914; 5 "A More Proper Perspective" OBJECTIVITY IN THE SHADOW OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY WAR, 1914-1960 6 "Better to Take Advantage of Outsiders' Curiosity" THE CONSUMPTION OF OBJECTIVE MEMORY, 1960-PRESENT7 "The Task of History Is Never Done" ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, THE NATIONAL POW MUSEUM, AND THE TRIUMPH OF PATRIOTIC MEMORY; Conclusion; Notes; Works Consulted; Index

Benjamin G. Cloyd deftly analyzes how Americans have remembered the military prisons of the Civil War from the war itself to the present, making a strong case for the continued importance of the great conflict in contemporary America. 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, the deeply rooted faith in American exceptiona

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Memory - Social aspects - United States - History - 19th century.
Military prisons - Confederate States of America - History.
Military prisons - United States - History - 19th century.
Prisoners of war - Confederate States of America.
Prisoners of War - Confederate States of America.
Prisoners of war - United States - History - 19th century.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Atrocities.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Prisoners and prisons.


Electronic books.

E615.C58 2010

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