By David Hardin
"Show me a hero and that i will write you a tragedy," acknowledged F. Scott Fitzgerald. probably no occasion in American heritage greater illustrates this view than the Civil conflict and its central gamers within the years after the clash. the price of army glory and ties to greatness might flip towards the tragic even one of the victors—like earthquake survivors stumbling into one other international, easily attempting to make a brand new lifestyles. Their fight will be a relentless tug again towards a destroyed earlier, and a disagreement with the truth of being strangers of their personal land.
David Hardin's tales of 11 such figures are revealing and touching: the explosive romance among Jefferson Davis's daughter and the grandson of a Yankee abolitionist; the fight among the irreligious William T. Sherman and his religious Catholic spouse for the soul in their volatile son; the bankrupt Ulysses Grant's heroic race to accomplish his memoirs and supply for his relatives whereas loss of life of melanoma. those are one of the tales and folks in After the War, which additionally contains the Southern diarist Mary Chesnut, the luckless accomplice John Bell Hood, the occasionally Klan chief Nathan Bedford Forrest, the shopaholic Mary Lincoln, the gentlemanly Joe Johnston, the mythological Robert E. Lee, the underappreciated Union common George Thomas, and the plucky Libbie Custer, who defended her husband top identified for his reckless catastrophe.
Whether Northerner or Southerner, their lives didn't finish at Appomattox. Their assorted results are a ceremonial dinner of irony and, jointly, a portrait of nationwide switch. With 11 black-and-white photographs.
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Louis after graduation, Grant met a fellow West Pointer’s sister, Julia Dent. ” He also owned slaves. Later, during the Civil War, Julia Dent Grant would bring along a slave-servant—also named Julia—on her visits to Grant’s Union headquarters. ” This dogged persistence would be amply demonstrated. Grant served as a quartermaster during the Mexican War. He often took it into his own hands to get into the fight. He was sympathetic to the Mexicans and impressed by the country’s natural beauty. After his presidency he would be involved with the building of a railroad from Mexico City to the Rio Grande, but it would prove another of his business failures.
The cigar was in the grip of a bulldog. Its glow provided a clue to the forcefulness Grant concealed behind an almost dull façade. Shiloh confirmed that with enough men, with enough determination and ruthless courage to go on the attack, to fight back from apparent defeat and keep thrusting forward, to not stop “until the thing intended was accomplished,” he would prevail in the end. Lincoln would think so too. Eventually he would place Grant over the fussy Halleck to command the entire Union Army.
It did not, however, keep the rest of the Ewings, especially Ellen, from trying to convert him. Priests were frequent visitors to the Ewing household in Lancaster, Ohio, and one was asked after Sherman’s arrival to baptize him. Sherman’s admiring father had named his son Tecumseh after the Shawnee chief—a name others shortened to “Cump”—and the priest was forced to halt the proceedings when told of it. He pointed out that to be baptized the boy must be named for a saint, not a savage. It being the feast day of Saint William, the baptism resumed for the redesignated William Tecumseh Sherman.
After the war : the lives and images of major Civil War figures after the shooting stopped by David Hardin