The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West by Matthew HulbertThe Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West by Matthew Hulbert

The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West

byMatthew Hulbert

Paperback | October 15, 2016

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The Civil War tends to be remembered as a vast sequence of battles, with a turning point at Gettysburg and a culmination at Appomattox. But in the guerrilla theater, the conflict was a vast sequence of home invasions, local traumas, and social degeneration that did not necessarily end in 1865. This book chronicles the history of ?guerrilla memory,? the collision of the Civil War memory ?industry? with the somber realities of irregular warfare in the borderlands of Missouri and Kansas.

In the first accounting of its kind, Matthew Christopher Hulbert’s book analyzes the cultural politics behind how Americans have remembered, misremembered, and re-remembered guerrilla warfare in political rhetoric, historical scholarship, literature, and film and at reunions and on the stage. By probing how memories of the guerrilla war were intentionally designed, created, silenced, updated, and even destroyed, Hulbert ultimately reveals a continent-wide story in which Confederate bushwhackers—pariahs of the eastern struggle over slavery—were transformed into the vanguards of American imperialism in the West.

MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER HULBERT is a lecturer in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy at Texas A&M University, Kingsville and co-editor of The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth. STEPHEN BERRY is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. ...
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Title:The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820350028

ISBN - 13:9780820350028

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This informative and thoughtful book demonstrates that Civil War remembrance continues to offer promising themes for fresh research. . . . Hulbert recognizes that the guerilla theater is not merely a neglected aspect of the Civil War but as a fundamental challenge to the conceptual framework the war bequeathed in matters like the meaning of home. - Thomas J. Brown - Register of the Kentucky Historical Society