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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
by Tony Horwitz

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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz Overview

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart. Propelled by his When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart. Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.' Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

Tony Horwitz

About Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Description

Date of Birth: 1958 Tony Horwitz is an American journalist and writer. His works include Blue Latitudes, One for the Road, Confederates In The Attic and Baghdad Without A Map. His most recent work, published in April 2008, is A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, a history and travelogue dealing with the early European exploration of North America.

Data Book Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Original Title Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War ISBN 067975833X (ISBN13: 9780679758334 ) Edition Language English Characters William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Julia Ward Howe, George Pickett...more , Braxton Bragg, Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert Lee Hodge, Pleasant Crump, Robert Livingstone, David Livingstone, Abe Stice, Caleb Senter, Denmark Vesey, Robert Penn Warren, Michael Westerman, Damien Darden, Freddie Morrow, Karen Meinhold, Shelby Foote, Edward Hopper, James K. Polk, Henry Morton Stanley, Stacy D. Allen, Wolfgang Hochbruck, Alberta Martin, John C. Breckinridge...less setting Appomattox Court House, Appomattox, Virginia, 1865 (United States) Manhattan, New York City, New York, 1882 (United States) Antietam Creek, 1862 (United States) …more Hardin County, Tennessee, 1862 (United States) Cemetery Ridge, 1863 (United States) Pennsylvania State House, 1776 (United States) Monument Avenue, 1995 (United States) Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1862 (United States) Lincoln, Alabama, 1951 (United States) Prince William County, Virginia, 1862 (United States) Corydon, Indiana, 1863 (United States) Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1863 (United States) Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 1861 (United States) Salisbury Prison, 1864 (United States) Guinea Station, Virginia, 1863 (United States) Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 1863 (United States) Prince William County, Virginia, 1861 (United States) Sharpsburg, Maryland, 1862 (United States) Chickamauga, Georgia, 1863 (United States) Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1636 (United States) Charleston, South Carolina, 1905 (United States) Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland, 1812 (United States) Fort Wagner, South Carolina, 1863 (United States) Charleston, South Carolina, 1695 (United States) Charleston, South Carolina, 1824 (United States) Charleston, South Carolina, 1822 (United States) Morris Island, 1861 (United States) Kingstree, South Carolina, 1910 (United States) York, Maine, 1906 (United States) Columbia, South Carolina, 1865 (United States) Christian County, Kentucky, 1808 (United States) Todd County, Kentucky, 1993 (United States) Guthrie, Kentucky, 1995 (United States) Waco, Texas, 1993 (United States) Ruby Ridge, Idaho, 1992 (United States) Franklin, Tennessee, 1864 (United States) Guthrie, Kentucky, 1996 (United States) Clarksville, Tennessee, 1996 (United States) Cemetery Ridge, 1913 (United States) Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, 1864 (United States) Washington, D.C., 1958 (United States) Washington, D.C., 1969 (United States) Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863 (United States) Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1981 (United States) Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1894 (United States) Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1942 (United States) Antietam, Maryland, 1862 (United States) Harper's Ferry, West Virginia (United States) Salisbury, North Carolina, 1998 (United States) Atlanta, Georgia (United States) Fitzgerald, Georgia (United States) Elba, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama (United States) Selma, Alabama (United States) Southern States (United States) …less (13)