Department Publication

Wars within a War

Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War

Gary W. Gallagher

John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War
( University of North Carolina, June 2009 )

The twelve essays in Wars within a War explore the internal stresses that posed serious challenges to the viability of the opposing sides in the Civil War as well as some of the ways in which wartime disputes and cultural fissures carried over into the postwar years and beyond.Comprised of contributions from leading scholars, this volume extends the discussion of controversies far past the death of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. Contributors address, among other topics, Walt Whitman's poetry, the handling of the Union and Confederate dead, the treatment of disabled and destitute northern veterans, Ulysses S. Grant's imposing tomb, and Hollywood's long relationship with the Lost Cause narrative.Reflecting a variety of approaches and methodologies, these essays provide a starting point for anyone interested in how Americans have argued about the prosecution, meaning, and memory of the war.Contributors:

  • William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Stephen Cushman, University of Virginia
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University
  • Gary W. Gallagher, University of Virginia
  • J. Matthew Gallman, University of Florida
  • Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Harold Holzer, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • James Marten, Marquette University
  • Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania
  • James M. McPherson, Princeton University
  • Carol Reardon, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Joan Waugh, University of California, Los Angeles



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