Somebody's Darling

Somebody's Darling

Essays on the Civil War
Kent Gramm
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Format: cloth 208 pages, 1 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-34081-8
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In his latest book, Kent Gramm examines the meaning of the Civil War experience in our lives and explores philosophical and personal aspects of the War that lie outside the scope of traditional historical study. He probes the meaning of Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Antietam; the lives of U. S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, O. O. Howard, and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce; and the legacy of the unknown participant, “somebody’s darling,” for whom the war would come to encompass all things. The Iron Brigade appears, along with its 20th-century successor, the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division. Readers of Gramm’s previous books will not be surprised to find essays that touch on Walt Whitman, John Keats, Henrik Ibsen, and Halldor Laxness, as well as such literary and religious works as the Iliad and the Bhagavad Gita. Gramm also treats more popular fare, such as the movie Gettysburg and a series of books on the ghosts of Gettysburg. In each of his subjects, Gramm finds the deep, personal significance of the profoundly universal experience of the war, as he ponders the special meaning of the Civil War in the lives of many Americans.

Author Bio

KENT GRAMM is author of Gettysburg: A Meditation on War and Values and November: Lincoln’s Elegy at Gettysburg and Program Director for the Seminary Ridge Foundation in Gettysburg. He has taught at college and universities in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Germany, and Wisconsin, where he now resides.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary :

Introduction: What It Was Like
The Gettysburg Nobody Knows
Somebody’s Darling
Ghosts of Gettysburg
A Ghost Story
American Iliad
The Song of God
Wilderness
The Real War
“Nothing But Omnipotence”
A Soldier’s Grave
A Soldier’s Bones
Face to Face
Witness
“. . . You Cannot Refine It”
The Road to Gettysburg
Epilogue: Les Terribles
Acknowledgments