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Confederates in the attic : dispatches from the unfinished Civil War

Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. He joins "hardcore" reenactors; witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war; finds that Andersonville Prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of an eccentric pilgrim. Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, this book brings alive old battlefields and new ones--classrooms, courts, country bars--where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 1998
Pantheon Books, New York, 1998
ix, 406 pages : 1 map ; 25 cm
9780679439783, 9780733608520, 9780679758334, 0679439781, 0733608523, 067975833X
Confederates in the attic
North Carolina: Cats of the Confederacy
South Carolina: In the better half of the world
South Carolina: Shades of gray
Kentucky: Dying for Dixie
Virginia: A farb of the heart
Tennessee: At the Foote of the master
Tennessee: The ghost marks of Shiloh
Mississippi: The Minié Ball pregnancy
Virginia and beyond: The Civil Wargasm
Georgia: Gone with the window
Georgia: Still prisoners of war
Alabama: Only living Confederate widow tells some
Alabama: I had a dream
Strike the tent
Includes index