By Bierce, Ambrose; Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence; Cushman, Stephen; Lincoln, Abraham; Sherman, William T.; Sherman, William Tecumseh; Whitman, Walt; Whitman, Walt

Struggle 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 struggle was once a very prolific muse--unleashing with its violent realities a torrent of language, from infantrymen' intimate letters and diaries to daily newspaper bills, 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 pains of the battle, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to provide a richer knowing of ways Civil battle writing chronicled the occasions of the clash as they opened up after which served to border the reminiscence of the warfare afterward.

Elegantly interweaving army and literary heritage, 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 warring parties and chroniclers but additionally essentially remodeled American letters.

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Louis early in January 1853. Emerson obliged by traveling to Springfield, where he wrote to his wife, “Here I am in the deep mud of the prairie,” and where he delivered three lectures on the successive nights of January 10, 11, and 12. S. senator Orville Hickman Browning tells us that he himself was in Emerson’s audience at the Illinois State House each of the three successive nights, Browning does not state positively that he took his friend Lincoln with him to any or all of the lectures. Instead of noting this desirable information, Browning gives us these three brief summaries instead: [Monday, January 10, 1853] At night I attended in the hall of the house, and heard a lecture from Ralph Waldo Emmerson [sic] on the Anglo Saxon.

A significant exception in this regard is Wilson’s discussion of Sherman in Patriotic Gore, but anyone reading Wilson’s chapter will discover quickly that his violent antipathy toward “Attila Sherman” has twisted his approach in dramatic ways. The last ten pages of Wilson’s chapter, for example, focus entirely, and digressively, on the sad and debilitating effects of Sherman’s influence on his son, Father Thomas Sherman. This conclusion reveals much about the volatility of Sherman in Wilson’s imagination but little about Sherman as a writer.

Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence, 1828–1914—Influence. I. Title. 7072—dc23 2014013884 Portions of this work have appeared previously, in somewhat different form, as “Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History,” in Gateway to the Confederacy: New Perspectives on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, 1862–1863, ed. Evan Jones and Wiley Sword (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press), copyright © 2014 by Louisiana State University Press and reprinted with permission of Louisiana State University Press; “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address,” in The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln, ed.

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