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's, during this method, a muse, and a strong one at that. the yank Civil struggle 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 battle 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 list the trials of the battle, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to supply a richer knowing of the way Civil struggle 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 many of the 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 fighters and chroniclers but in addition essentially remodeled American letters.
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Alice Fahs gave the entire manuscript the close and comprehensive attention of an ideal reader. My largest obligation is to Gary Gallagher, whose intellectual generosity is as capacious as his knowledge of the American Civil War. Belligerent Muse Introduction War destroys. Destruction is its business. ” War is the worst, our worst, the worst confusion and strife humans know and have known for as long as there have been humans. On its way to doing its worst, war wrecks and ruins, wastes and ravages, devastates and desolates.
But, in fact, how good a reader was Lincoln? How much culture did he actually absorb through the careful reading of books? The testimony of Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, which came in the form of a letter dated February 16, 1870, quoted by one of Lincoln’s early biographers, Ward H. ”29 Another biographer, Carl Sandburg, listed several books borrowed from the Library of Congress by the Lincoln household during 1861, among them titles by Plutarch, Shakespeare, Emerson, Longfellow, and Stowe, in addition to four volumes of Jefferson’s works, eight volumes on the United States Constitution, and Henry Halleck’s Elements of Military Art and Science.
In this moment Lincoln the assimilator showed admirable powers of recall, or perhaps Emerson did in recalling Lincoln recalling him, since the actual sentence in the final version we now have is impressively similar: “The frank Kentuckian has a way of thinking concerning his reception by his friend that makes him whole: Here I am. ”41 The problem is not with Lincoln’s recall; the problem is that what he recalled appears nowhere in any of the three lectures delivered in Springfield in January 1853, or at least nowhere in their final published versions.