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A Chickamauga Memorial tells the full and fascinating story of how the country s first federally preserved national military park came into being and how it paved the way for all that came afterwards, including preservation efforts today.As Timothy B Smith explains, most battlefield preservation and commemoration efforts before 1890 were done on a private and state level, with veterans groups and states marking unit positions on battlefields, most notably at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania In 1890, however, the federal government became involved on a large scale, ushering in a wave of battlefield preservation that would continue through the decades that followed.The brainchild of Henry Van Ness Boynton, a Union officer and veteran of the battle, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park served multiple purposes as a commemorative memorial to the soldiers who had fought there as well as a military reservation for maneuver and study As the former, Chickamauga played a prominent role in the reconciliation of the North and South, bringing together veterans from both sides As the latter, the park played host to numerous military units during the Spanish American War as well as World Wars I and II Perhaps the most important aspect, Smith contends, was the creation of historical memory in both This process involved not only the historiography of the battles, but also how the battlefields themselves would be remembered, interpreted, and celebrated....

Title : A Chickamauga Memorial: The Establishment of America’s First Civil War National Military Park
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ISBN : 157233679X
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Univ Tennessee Press First edition edition October 23, 2009
Number of Pages : 211 pages
File Size : 760 KB
Status : Available For Download
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