War and Home: The Civil War Encounter

War and Home: The Civil War Encounter

War and Home: The Civil War Encounter

War and Home: The Civil War Encounter

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PHILLIP SHAW PALUDAN Professor of History. University of Kansas

Thanks for the invitation and the introduction. I am pleased and honored to be here. I didn't know Frank Klement but I knew and admired his work and I shared a couple of letters with him when one of my books came out. I had been a little incautious in my description of copperheads and especially his attitude toward them. He gently and humorously reminded me of his true stance. He seemed a gentleman I would have enjoyed knowing better. I trust that this occasion will stir fond memories of the man and his work.

I've taken for my topic a very large subject. I want to talk about the relationship, or more precisely, the many relationships between the Civil War and home. Of course we need to consider the most obvious impact on home--the loss of loved ones. But also worth attention is another less obvious event--the ways in which ideas about what home meant shaped the meaning of the war. I believe that the war nurtured a passionate attachment to the ideal of home and that passion helped to define the personal meanings that people gave to the conflict. Lovers, husbands and fathers away at . . .

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