By David Hardin
"Show me a hero and that i will write you a tragedy," acknowledged F. Scott Fitzgerald. possibly no occasion in American historical past greater illustrates this view than the Civil conflict and its crucial avid 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 global, easily attempting to make a brand new existence. Their fight will be a relentless tug again towards a destroyed previous, and a war of words 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 risky son; the bankrupt Ulysses Grant's heroic race to accomplish his memoirs and supply for his kinfolk whereas demise 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 most sensible recognized for his reckless catastrophe.
Whether Northerner or Southerner, their lives didn't finish at Appomattox. Their distinctive results are a ceremonial dinner of irony and, jointly, a portrait of nationwide swap. With 11 black-and-white photographs.
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We arrived at Memphis on the 2d of October, carried Willie up to the Gayoso Hotel, and got the most experienced physician there, who acted with Dr. Roler, but he sank rapidly, and died the evening of the 3d of October. The blow was a terrible one to us all, so sudden and so unexpected, that I could not help reproaching myself for having consented to his visit in that sickly region in the summer-time. Of all my children, he seemed the most precious. Born in San Francisco, I had watched with intense interest his development, and he seemed more than any of the children to take an interest in my special profession.
Months after the war’s end, and with Sherman as one of the North’s great heroes, Ellen would defend her decision to travel there as being at her husband’s request. “Poor Cump had no idea that he was inviting Willy to meet his death when he wrote for us to come there,” she told a cousin. Two years later, and shortly after the birth of their fourth son, Philemon Tecumseh Sherman, the general would say to a comrade about Mississippi: “It was Vicksburg that cost me my Willy. . ” Could Tom, the second son, ever fill the void left by the death of the first?
I have no ill feeling toward Southern people, but I am disappointed that they should attribute purposes to me that I never entertained. It was more an outing for me. . ” Father Tom’s years thereafter were increasingly marked by episodes of ravings, self-recriminations, relentless travels, and stays in sanitariums. Sometimes he lived an almost hermitlike existence. He warred with the Jesuits and wrestled with the state of his soul. In 1913 he desperately wrote: “Repeated confessions but no peace.
After the war : the lives and images of major Civil War figures after the shooting stopped by David Hardin