Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War

Here’s Brian Matthew Jordan at the National Archives giving a presentation based on his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.

From the video’s description:  “Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan describes how veterans—left tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, and campaigning for paltry pensions—realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal and forget.”



  1. Pat Young · · Reply

    I recently finished his book and I recommend it to you readers.

  2. I watched the video and it was very good. I particularly encourage your readers to watch the last 20 minutes when he answers question from the audience. Very good stuff there.

    Thanks Al. I had not seen this one and would have missed it but for your work.

    1. My pleasure, Pat.

  3. I hope this is relevant.
    Marc Egnal emphasized economics as the cause of the Civil War in his book “Clash of Extremes”.
    Edward Ayers did not list the word, tariff, in the index of his book “Causes of the Civil War”.
    I thought that Ayers would disagree with Egnal, but I read an endorsement of Egnal’s book, written by Ayers, on the dust cover of “Clash of the Extremes”. So, what role did economics play in causing the Civil War?

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