Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Author Tony Horwitz
ISBN-10 067975833X
ISBN-13 9780679758334
Year 1999-02-22
Pages 432
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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National BestsellerFor all who remain intrigued by the legacy of the Civil War reenactors battlefield visitors Confederate descendants and other Southerners history fans students of current racial conflicts and more this ten state adventure is part travelogue part social commentary and always good humored Splendid Roy Blount Jr The New York Times Book Review When prize winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains he thinks he s put war zones behind him But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire Horwitz starts filing front line dispatches again this time from a war close to home and to his own heart 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 In Virginia Horwitz joins a band of hardcore reenactors who crash diet to achieve the hollow eyed look of starved Confederates in Kentucky he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag at Andersonville he finds that the prison s commander executed as a war criminal is now exalted as a martyr and hero and in the book s climax Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the Civil Wargasm Written with Horwitz s signature blend of humor history and hard nosed journalism Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones classrooms courts country bars where the past and the present collide often in explosive ways Poignant and picaresque haunting and hilarious it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War

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