Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Brian Matthew Jordan
- Publish Date: 2016-01-04
An acclaimed, groundbreaking, and âpowerful explorationâ (Washington Post) of the fate of Union veterans, who won the war but couldnât bear the peace.For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home. In a landmark work that challenges sterilized portraits accepted for generations, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely new narrative. These veteransâ tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensionsâ tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget, and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age. Mining previously untapped archives, Jordan uncovers anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees, and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the American psyche.
In the model of twenty-first-century histories like Drew Gilpin Faustâs This Republic of Suffering or Maya Jasanoff âs Libertyâs Exiles that illuminate the plight of the common man, Marching Home makes almost unbearably personal the rage and regret of Union veterans. Their untold stories are critically relevant today.8 pages of illustrations