My book, Across the Bloody Chasm, explores the intersection between national reconciliation and Civil War veterans’ efforts to commemorate their four-year fight. It is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at LSU Press.
“One of Harris’s chief contributions is his recovery of lost ambiguities, intentions, and memories, which fairly quickly were obscured by national self-interest and the ignorance of Americans who did not fight or who were born after the war.” – American Historical Review
“Harris makes a persuasive case that in the battle for Civil War memory neither Union nor Confederate veterans were willing to concede much to their former enemies. . . . Across the Bloody Chasm makes a worthwhile addition to growing literature on historical memory of the American Civil War by demonstrating the limits of postwar reconciliation among veterans.” – Journal of American History
”Well written and accompanied by 84 pages of notes, a bibliography, and an index, the study . . . stands as a major contribution to a discourse still central to the polity of the US. Highly recommended.” – Choice
“[An] uncommonly well written and concise book. . . . M. Keith Harris is to be commended for clarifying why the process of national reconciliation took much longer than we have previously recognized and the role that Civil War veterans played in it.” – Civil War Book Review
“Harris . . . makes extensive use of regimental histories as he believes they document the true views of the veterans. He also makes good use of the speeches and commemorative programs published during veterans’ gatherings over the decades after the war. . . . Harris’s treatment of the various issues and themes is a useful reminder of what our veterans, and our country, went through in the years after the Civil War as every American, but especially veterans, tried to digest the importance of the bloody conflict the country had endured and the role each of them had played in it.” – On Point
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I have the great pleasure of contributing an essay in this latest in the Campaign Series edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney. My piece focuses on Confederate morale in the Petersburg trenches immediately before the Battle of the Crater. You order at Amazon.
Filled with impressive research and superb writing, Cold Harbor to the Crater provides wholly new perspectives on Grant’s Overland campaign and stands as a vital contribution to our understanding of the Civil War. – Steven E. Woodworth, Texas Christian University
|The eagerly anticipated Cold Harbor to the Crater was worth the wait. It provides insightful analysis of the significant battles, the home front, leadership, and common soldier experiences, all while noting the connections between these themes and linking them to the larger issues of the Civil War era. This volume is superb. – Susannah J. Ural, University of Southern Mississippi
Tour Civil War Los Angeles! From the 1860s to Hollywood’s golden age, the city played a significant part in the Union war effort and the war’s cultural legacy. Contact me for more information.
M. Keith Harris, historian and educator, is available for speaking engagements worldwide. Contact me for booking.