Friday, January 06, 2012

The environmental Civil War

It was inevitable that the subject of environmental issues associated with the Civil War would emerge in the literature. Late 2010 saw Kelby Ouchley's Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: An Environmental Reference Guide (LSU), which I unfortunately never had the opportunity to read. This spring, University of Georgia Press will publish a pair of studies, Lisa Brady's War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War (April) and Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War by Megan Kate Nelson (May).

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  1. Kelby Ouchley's "Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: An Environmental Reference Guide" is extremely interesting and not nearly as dry as I was afraid it would be from the title.

    The social history of the Civil War is covered here in a unique fashion thru quotes from letters and diaries showing how plants and animals were used by both sides.

    This would be a great resource for fiction writers wanting detail to flesh out their story lines (that's why I purchased it, and I have not been disappointed).

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