These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory

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Da Capo Press, Nov 6, 2008 - History - 256 pages
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Ever since the guns of Gettysburg fell silent, and Lincoln delivered his famous two-minute speech four months after the battle, the story of this three-day conflict has become an American legend. We remember Gettysburg as, perhaps, the biggest, bloodiest, and most important battle ever fought-the defining conflict in American history. But how much truth is behind the legend?In These Honored Dead, Thomas A. Desjardin, a prominent Civil War historian and a perceptive cultural observer, demonstrates how flawed our knowledge of this enormous event has become, and why. He examines how Americans, for seven score years, have shaped, used, altered, and sanctified our national memory, fashioning the story of Gettysburg as a reflection of, and testimony to, our culture and our nation.
  

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Review: These Honored Dead: How The Story Of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory

User Review  - Richard Budden - Goodreads

The author makes a good case that we can't possibly know exactly what happened at Gettysburg. He adequately sets out the reasons why several sources cited by many historians should not be fully ... Read full review

Review: These Honored Dead: How The Story Of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory

User Review  - Craig - Goodreads

An eye opening look at the history of the Gettysburg battle and battlefield and how its place in American history was shaped. This well researched and well cited book gives a detailed look at some of ... Read full review

Contents

One The Many Meanings of Gettysburg
1
Two Infirm Foundations
11
Three The Struggle over Memory
41
John Badger Bachelder
83
Six Lost in the Lost Cause
109
Seven Constructing the Consummate
127
Eight The Worlds Largest Collection
153
Nine Wheres Buster Kilrain Buried?
177
Ten American Valhalla
193
Notes
207
Bibliography
227
Index
233
Photo Credits
245
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About the author (2008)

Thomas A. Desjardin holds a Ph.D. in American History and has been an archivist and historian for the National Park Service at Gettysburg. He is currently Historic Site Specialist for the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and is a frequent television commentator on Civil War topics.

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