Monday, June 1, 2009
Booknotes - "No Holier Spot of Ground"
No Holier Spot of Ground: Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries of South Carolina by museum curator Kristina Dunn Johnson (The History Press, 2009) is a pictorial history of South Carolina's Confederate monuments and resting places, as well as an examination of the statewide movement that created them. Not meant to be considered a definitive compilation [the author recommends Robert Seigler's Passing the Silent Cup: A Guide to Confederate Monuments in South Carolina as the best reference], Johnson, using a variety of published and unpublished sources, adopts a selective approach, one that allows a deeper exploration into meaning and trends. As with most titles from this publisher, this volume is abundantly illustrated with dozens of photos of monuments, gravesites, and dedication ceremonies.