296 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 23 illus., 1 map, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5461-7
Published: February 2003
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7354-0
Published: January 2012
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Awards & distinctions
1998 Forrest C. Pogue Prize, Eisenhower Center for American Studies
1998 Philip S. Klein Prize, Pennsylvania Historical Association
As this innovative study reveals, by examining the events of 3 July 1863 through the selective and evocative lens of 'memory' we can learn much about why Pickett's Charge endures so strongly in the American imagination. Over the years, soldiers, journalists, veterans, politicians, orators, artists, poets, and educators, Northerners and Southerners alike, shaped, revised, and even sacrificed the 'history' of the charge to create 'memories' that met ever-shifting needs and deeply felt values. Reardon shows that the story told today of Pickett's Charge is really an amalgam of history and memory. The evolution of that mix, she concludes, tells us much about how we come to understand our nation's past.
About the Author
Carol Reardon is professor of military history at Pennsylvania State University.
For more information about Carol Reardon, visit the Author Page.
“This is a skillful and compelling example of the way an event whose story we think we know turns out to be as mobile as quicksilver when we try to put a finger down for certain.”--Allen C. Guelzo, The Barnes & Noble Review
"Quite apart from its notable historical interest, Ms. Reardon's work is a splendidly lively study of the manipulation, not necessarily deliberate or malign, of public opinion."--Atlantic Monthly
"Exceptionally lucid. . . . This fine book provides vivid evidence of just how far we will go to alchemize fantasy into fact."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"A fresh look at the disastrous assault."--New Yorker
“Well-written and meticulously researched, Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory utilizes first-rate scholarship to tell a fascinating story. It deserves the attention of scholars and should win a wide audience among general readers.”--Civil War History
“Indispensable. . . . Eminently valuable beyond the confines of Civil War scholarship.”--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society