Confederates in the Attic (Paperback)
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Short Description for Confederates in the Attic In this eloquent and shrewdly observed travelogue, a Pulitzer Prize winner ushers readers through a South where the Civil War is still being fought--where this "Lost Cause" still resonates in the memory and rituals of its denizens. Maps.
- Published: 01 November 2002
- Format: Paperback 432 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780679758334 ISBN 10: 067975833X
- Sales rank: 81,561
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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.