The Resource The smell of battle, the taste of siege : a sensory history of the Civil War, Mark M. Smith

The smell of battle, the taste of siege : a sensory history of the Civil War, Mark M. Smith

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The smell of battle, the taste of siege : a sensory history of the Civil War
Title
The smell of battle, the taste of siege
Title remainder
a sensory history of the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Mark M. Smith
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Historical accounts of major events have almost always relied upon what those who were there witnessed. Nowhere is this truer than in the nerve-shattering chaos of warfare, where sight seems to confer objective truth and acts as the basis of reconstruction. In The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siege, historian Mark M. Smith considers how all five senses, including sight sound, smell, taste, and touch, shaped the experience of the Civil War and thus its memory, exploring its full sensory impact on everyone from the soldiers on the field to the civilians waiting at home. From the eardrum-shattering barrage of shells announcing the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter; to the stench produced by the corpses lying in the mid-summer sun at Gettysburg; to the siege of Vicksburg, once a center of Southern culinary aesthetics and starved into submission, Smith recreates how Civil War was lived. Relying on first-hand accounts, Smith focuses on sense, one for each event, offering a wholly new perspective. At Bull Run, the similarities between the colors of the Union and Confederate uniforms created concern over what later would be called 'friendly fire' and helped decide the outcome of the first major battle. He evokes what it might have felt like to be in the HL Hunley submarine, in which eight men worked in darkness in a space 48 inches high, 42 inches wide. Often argued to be the first 'total war,' the Civil War overwhelmed the senses because of its unprecedented nature and scope, rendering sight less reliable and engaging the nonvisual senses. Sherman's March was little less than a full-blown assault on Southern sense and sensibility, leaving nothing untouched. The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siege offers readers a way to experience of the Civil War with fresh eyes"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Mark M.
Dewey number
973.7/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E468.9
LC item number
.S654 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American Civil War
  • Senses and sensation
  • Psychological aspects
  • Senses and sensation
  • Social aspects
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The smell of battle, the taste of siege : a sensory history of the Civil War, Mark M. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The sounds of secession -- Eying First Bull Run -- Cornelia Hancock's sense of smell -- Hollowing out Vicksburg -- The Hunley's impact -- Epilogue: Experiencing total war
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 197 pages
Isbn
9780199759989
Lccn
2014012114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024121867
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)875741835
  • 756666
  • (OCoLC)ocn875741835
  • 756666
Label
The smell of battle, the taste of siege : a sensory history of the Civil War, Mark M. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The sounds of secession -- Eying First Bull Run -- Cornelia Hancock's sense of smell -- Hollowing out Vicksburg -- The Hunley's impact -- Epilogue: Experiencing total war
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 197 pages
Isbn
9780199759989
Lccn
2014012114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024121867
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)875741835
  • 756666
  • (OCoLC)ocn875741835
  • 756666

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