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Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic

Thomas A. Chambers


Even in the midst of the Civil War, its battlefields were being dedicated as hallowed ground. Today, those sites are among the most visited places in the United States. In contrast, the battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War had seemingly been forgotten in the aftermath of the conflict in which the nation forged its independence. Decades after the signing of the Constitution, the battlefields of Yorktown, Saratoga, Fort Moultrie, Ticonderoga, Guilford Courthouse, Kings Mountain, and Cowpens, among others, were unmarked except for crumbling forts and overgrown ramparts. Not until the late 1820s ... More

Keywords: Civil War, hallowed ground, Revolutionary War, battlegrounds, Constitution, American national history, battlefield tourism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448676
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas A. Chambers, author
Associate Professor of History, Niagara University