Mississippi Civil War Monuments

Mississippi Civil War Monuments

An Illustrated Field Guide
Timothy Sedore
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/01/2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04556-0
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In soaring obelisks, graceful arches, and soldiers standing tall atop pedestals, the memory of the Civil War is ever present in Mississippi, a former Confederate state that boasts more Civil War monuments than any other.


In Mississippi Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated Field Guide, Timothy S. Sedore combs through the Mississippi landscape, exploring monuments commemorating important military figures and battles and remembering common soldiers, from rugged veterans to mournful youths. Sedore's insightful commentary captures a character portrait of Mississippi, a state that was ensnared between Northern and Southern ideologies and that paid a high price for seceding from the Union. Sedore's close examinations of these monuments broadens the narrative of Mississippi's heritage and helps to illuminate the impacts of the Civil War.


With intriguing details and vivid descriptions, Mississippi Civil War Monuments offers a comprehensive guide to the monuments that make up Mississippi's physical and historical landscape.

Author Bio

Timothy S. Sedore is the author of three books that explore how the Civil War is memorialized in the American South. Mississippi Civil War Monuments joins Tennessee Civil War Monuments and An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments as a survey and analysis of the legacy of the war on the American landscape.

Sedore is Professor of English at The City University of New York, Bronx Community College. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in composition, literature, and religious rhetoric. He is also an ordained Baptist minister.

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Against the fraught backdrop of debate over Civil War statues, Timothy Sedore guides us deftly through 800 Union and Confederate monuments in Mississippi with judicious precision and Lincolnian magnanimity. Now more than ever, we are fortunate to have this level-headed, clear-eyed book.

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Stephen Cushman, Robert E. Taylor Professor of English, University of Virginia

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"Mississippi's 800 Civil War-related monuments far exceed in number those in any other state—including more commemorating the Union than anywhere but Pennsylvania.. Timothy S. Sedore's exceptionally valuable survey should find an appreciate readership at a time when Americans are debating how best to deal with statues and other monuments that reflect the war's, and history's, hard edges."

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Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War

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The Magnolia State saw some of the most significant fighting of the Civil War, and it was in Mississippi that arguably the most important campaign of the conflict took place, now fittingly commemorated in the Vicksburg National Military Park. Timothy S. Sedore's Mississippi Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated Field Guide provides a wonderful and insightful glimpse into the state's Civil War history while taking the reader on a tour of the monuments that commemorate both the fighting and the men who did the fighting.

 

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Timothy B. Smith, author of Shiloh: Conquer or Perish, Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg, and The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson's Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi.

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"Anyone visiting Mississippi's Civil War landscape would be well served to carry a copy of Sedore's guide with them. From Vicksburg to Oxford, readers will find a rich examination of how and why Confederate and Union monuments sprang up across the state."

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Caroline E. Janney, Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia

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Table of Contents

List of Maps


Preface



Introduction


1. Vicksburg National Military Park


2. The Vicksburg National Monument Park Landscape


3. Northern Mississippi


Alcorn County


Tishomingo County


Tippah County


Prentiss County


Lee County


Pontotoc County


DeSoto County


Lafayette County


Yalobusha County


Tallahatchie County


Chickasaw County


Monroe County


Grenada County


Bolivar County


Washington County


Leflore County


Carrol County


Montgomery County


Oktibbeha County


Clay County


Lowndes County


4. Central Mississippi


Humphreys County


Holmes County


Attala County


Winston County


Noxubee County


Yazoo County


Madison County


Neshoba County


Kemper County


Lauderdale County


Rankin County


Hinds County


5. Southern Mississippi


Adams County


Jefferson County


Claiborne County


Copiah County


Lincoln County


Amite County


Jones County


Jasper County


Clarke County


Wayne County


Forrest County


Pearl River County


George County


Harrison County



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