Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present

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Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present. Edited by David C. Ward and Frank H. Goodyear III. (Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian Institution Press, 2013. Pp. 136. Paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-58834-397-0.) The sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War has given rise to a great collection of related exhibitions, publications, and symposia across the United States. Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present presents a rich compilation of evocative poems and images produced both during the Civil War era and by contemporary artists looking back on the war's legacy. With such a large period to cover, editors David C. Ward and Frank H. Goodyear III convey to readers, in the eminent words of William Faulkner, that "[t]he past isn't dead; it isn't even past" (p. 9). Fighting in America's bloodiest war, soldiers were by the later years of the conflict no strangers to the dark shroud of death. …

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