By Benjamin G. Cloyd
"This cogent and polished ebook deals a clean dialogue of and standpoint on a fraught topic---military prisons throughout the Civil struggle. In his compelling and significant paintings, Cloyd urges us to examine tips on how to determine and assign accountability for the horrors of the Civil battle whereas attractive with enduring questions on its that means and legacy."---W. Fitzhugh Brundage, editor of the place those stories develop: background, reminiscence, and nearby identification within the American South "This attractive therapy appears to be like at how generations of usa citizens have interpreted the brutality inherent within the felony method in the course of the Civil warfare. Anger over remedy of prisoners of conflict supplied a roadblock alongside the line to reunion for a lot longer than different historians have proven. or even at the present time, in the course of a extra dispassionate time, it continues to be tricky to recollect this darkish nook of the earlier. much less a narrative approximately prisons than approximately how we come to grips with the ethical problems with battle, Cloyd has supplied a good carrier in exhibiting this hyperlink among earlier and present."---William Blair, writer of towns of the useless: Contesting the reminiscence of the Civil warfare within the South, 1865-1914 "Haunted by way of Atrocity liberates scholars of the Civil struggle from the all too generic blame video game that americans have repeatedly performed while coming to phrases with the unbelievable dying that happened no longer at the battlefield, yet from the inhumane stipulations of confinement. by means of exhibiting us why Northerners and Southerners have reacted to the felony controversies on the such a lot visceral point, Cloyd exposes the advanced and contradictory ways in which american citizens have made ancient that means, complex political agendas, and secured monetary achieve whereas forgetting an important legacy of Civil battle prisons---who is accountable for the humane therapy of prisoners of war."---Peter Carmichael, writer of The final new release: younger Virginians in Peace, conflict, and Reunion. throughout the Civil conflict, nearly 56,000 Union and accomplice squaddies died in enemy army felony camps. Even in the course of the war's surprising violence, the depth of the prisoners' anguish and the brutal demeanour in their deaths provoked outrage, and either the Lincoln and Davis administrations manipulated the felony controversy to serve the exigencies of conflict. As each side dispensed propaganda designed to persuade voters of every part of the relative advantage in their personal felony system---in distinction to the harsh inhumanity of the opponent---they etched hardened and divisive stories of the legal controversy into the yank psyche, thoughts that may end up tricky to uproot. In Haunted via Atrocity, Benjamin G. Cloyd deftly analyzes how american citizens have remembered the army prisons of the Civil conflict from the warfare itself to the current, creating a powerful case for the ongoing value of the nice clash in modern the United States. all through Reconstruction and good into the 20th century, Cloyd exhibits, competing sectional thoughts of the prisons lengthy the method of nationwide reconciliation. occasions corresponding to the trial and execution of CSA Captain Henry Wirz---commander of the infamous Andersonville prison---along with political campaigns, the book of criminal memoirs, or even the development of monuments to the felony lifeless all revived the painful accusations of planned cruelty. As northerners, white southerners, and African american citizens contested the that means of the battle, those divisive thoughts tore on the scars of the clash and ensured that the topic of Civil conflict prisons remained arguable. through the Twenties, the demise of the Civil battle iteration got rid of a lot of the emotional connection to the battle, and the devastation of the 1st global wars supplied new contexts during which to re-examine the that means of atrocity. consequently, Cloyd explains, a extra target opinion of Civil conflict prisons emerged---one that condemned either the Union and the Confederacy for his or her callous dealing with of captives whereas it deemed the mistreatment of prisoners an inevitable outcome of contemporary struggle. yet, Cloyd argues, those seductive arguments additionally deflected a better exam of the best accountability for the tragedy of Civil warfare prisons and allowed americans to think in a comforting yet ahistorical reminiscence of the debate. either the recasting of the city of Andersonville as a Civil conflict village within the Nineteen Seventies and the 1998 commencing of the nationwide Prisoner of warfare Museum at Andersonville nationwide old web site show the ongoing American choice for fantasy over history---a choice, Cloyd asserts, that inhibits a candid review of the evils dedicated throughout the Civil conflict. the 1st learn of Civil conflict reminiscence to concentration solely at the army legal camps, Haunted via Atrocity bargains a cautionary story of the way american citizens, for generations, have unconsciously developed their reminiscences of painful occasions in ways in which defend adored beliefs of delusion, that means, identification, and, finally, a deeply rooted religion in American exceptionalism.