Hymn of Peace
The bandleader who conceived and coordinated the music festival wrote a history of the event. A facsimile edition of the 1871 publication was released in 2010.
Faust, a Harvard history professor, examines how soldiers and civilians responded to the unprecedented scope of death during the Civil War.
In this fascinating book, Wills explores Lincoln’s use of a small handful of words to reshape the meaning of America. Central to his argument is Lincoln’s own obsession with death and his awareness that a cemetery filled with recently buried Union and Confederate soldiers provided the backdrop for this philosophical remaking of America.