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An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments

An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments

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Timothy S. Sedore


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From well-known battlefields, such as Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Appomattox, to lesser-known sites, such as Sinking Spring Cemetery and Rude’s Hill, Sedore leads readers on a vivid journey through Virginia’s Confederate history. Tablets, monoliths, courthouses, cemeteries, town squares, battlefields, and more are cataloged in detail and accompanied by photographs and meticulous commentary. Each entry contains descriptions, fascinating historical information, and location, providing a complete portrait of each site.

Much more than a visual tapestry or a tourist’s handbook, An Illustrated Guide to Virginia’s Confederate Monuments draws on scholarly and field research to reveal these sites as public efforts to reconcile mourning with Southern postwar ideologies. Sedore analyzes in depth the nature of these attempts to publicly explain Virginia’s sense of grief after the war, delving deep into the psychology of a traumatized area. From commemorations of famous generals to memories of unknown soldiers, the dead speak from the pages of this sweeping companion to history.


 "This is an excellent book that Civil War buffs travelling through Virginia should have on the front seat of their car."--Tom Elmore, Blue & Gray Magazine

"Relying on the monuments as historical artifacts as well as other supporting primary materials, Sedore provides a comprehensive guide, the first such publication of its kind, to the 360 Confederate markers and monuments in Virginia. . . . This volume, which is soundly researched, impeccably organized, and eloquently written, should appeal to a wide range of Civil War readers, especially those interested in Confederate history, Virginia’s place in the conflict and Civil War memory."-- Jonathan A. Noylas, Civil War News

"Timothy S. Sedore presents a volume that enumerates by region Virginia's Civil War memorials. Sedore's guide catalogs 360 of the state's famous and obscure commemorations. It provides both a compilation of their sites and a compelling vision of the public sense of Virginia's loss. . . . Readers may view An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments as a photographic catalog, a tourist's guidebook, or researcher's compendium. It is all of those. . . . An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments will appeal to the travelers, historians, and armchair enthusiasts.?"--Rea Andrew Redd, Civil War Librarian