Shirley R. Samuels, professor of English at Cornell University, is the 2015–16 Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington. Her books include The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln, Reading the American Novel: 1780-1865, and Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War.

Reading the Aftermath of Civil War

I had the pleasure of attending “Ending a Mighty Conflict: The Civil War in 1864–1865 and Beyond,” a conference that took place at The Huntington last month. The lively talks by distinguished scholars reminded me of my recent encounters with the handwritten accounts of Civil War soldiers. Expressing noble sentiments, … Continue reading