A Sensory History of the American Civil War

Lecture Description

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. Based on his recent book, The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege, in this lecture Mark Smith considers how all five senses, including sight, shaped the experience of the Civil War, exploring its full sensory impact on everyone from the soldiers on the field to the civilians waiting at home.

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1800-1865 Civil War and Reconstruction

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