Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans In Gilded Age America

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Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans In Gilded Age America

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After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered--or struggled to reenter--the lives and communities they had left behind. In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century's "Greatest Generation" attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by non-veterans.

Many soldiers, Marten reveals, had a much harder time reintegrating into their communities and returning to their civilian lives than has been previously understood. Although Civil War veterans were generally well taken care of during the Gilded Age, Marten argues that veterans lost control of their legacies, becoming best remembered as others wanted to remember them--for their service in the war and their postwar political activities. Marten finds that while southern veterans were venerated for their service to the Confederacy, Union veterans often encountered resentment and even outright hostility as they aged and made greater demands on the public purse. Drawing on letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, newspapers, and other sources, Sing Not War illustrates that during the Gilded Age "veteran" conjured up several conflicting images and invoked contradicting reactions. Deeply researched and vividly narrated, Marten's book counters the romanticized vision of the lives of Civil War veterans, bringing forth new information about how white veterans were treated and how they lived out their lives.

ISBN

9780807834763

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

University of North Carolina Press

City

Chapel Hill NC

Disciplines

United States History

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INTRODUCTION

Toil On, Heroes

Melt Away Ye Armies • Endings and Beginnings

Maimed Darlings. Living with Disability

Saner Wars· Veterans, Veteranhood, and Commerce

Regiments So Piteous' Soldiers' Homes, Communities, and Manhood

Another Gathering Army· Pensions and Preference

Sad, Unnatural Shows of War· Veterans' Identity and Distinctiveness

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