By Stephen Cushman, Gary W. Gallagher

Battle destroys, however it additionally conjures up, stimulates, and creates. it truly is, during this approach, a muse, and a strong one at that. the yankee Civil conflict 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 struggle writings of 5 of the main major and most sensible 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 provide a richer realizing of the way Civil warfare writing chronicled the occasions of the clash as they spread out after which served to border the reminiscence of the conflict afterward.

Elegantly interweaving army and literary heritage, Cushman makes use of a number of the war's most renowned 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 additionally essentially remodeled American letters.

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