Category Archives: Reconciliation

What You Might Find Inside a Used Book

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Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 8.22.42 AMThis is the inscription on the frontpiece of my personal copy of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: Report of the Pennsylvania Commission (Harrisburg: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, c1913). Or what I simply call the “Pennsylvania Report.” I bought the book in Gettysburg back in 2001 from a small book store specializing in battle ephemera. I wish I could remember the name of the store…or where exactly it is (or was) located. Anyway…it’s pretty cool when you can trace a book’s history. I did a little digging and found a great image of Francis H. Hoy – who, as stated, served as the Senior Vice Commander of the Department of Pennsylvania, GAR in 1915. In 1919, as I discovered, he served as the department’s Chief of Staff.

But enough about Hoy. The book is full of photographs from the 1913 Blue-Gray reunion at Gettysburg, marking the 50th anniversary of the battle. A significant number of the images clearly depict a reconciliatory spirit…and these images have dominated much of the scholarly analysis of the reconciliation movement. I take issue with some of these ideas and underscore a number of the most “forgive and forget” images in the August issue of The Americanist Independent. It would it worth it to you to check it out.

With compliments,

Keith

 

Harper’s Weekly and the Bloody Shirt

Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 10.04.53 AMIt doesn’t appear that the folks at Harper’s Weekly were in any mood for reconciliation during the election of 1872. Here is a not-so-subtle image that makes that point crystal clear: Democratic presidential candidate Horace Greely shaking hands with the ghost of John Wilkes Booth over Abraham Lincoln’s grave.

With compliments,

Keith