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Life and LimbPerspectives on the American Civil War$
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David Seed, Stephen C. Kenny, and Chris Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382509

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781781382509.001.0001

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Post-War Narratives

Post-War Narratives

(p.165) Post-War Narratives
Life and Limb
David Seed, Stephen C. Kenny, Chris Williams
Liverpool University Press

The two most famous writers to figure in this section are Ambrose Bierce, who actually saw battle, and Stephen Crane. Bierce’s sketches convey the confusion of battle with circumstantial detail which is deployed against glamourizing war. In Crane’s famous Red Badge of Courage the target is once again naïve heroism, here replaced with impressionistic confusion. The section concludes with Stephen C. Kenny’s ‘The Aftermath’, which surveys accounts of the war’s destruction and human cost.

Keywords:   Burials, Immediacy of battle, Commemoration, Spectacle, Statistics

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