Reviews

“Gannon’s first book is an insightful examination of the ways individual memory and historical fact meld together to create an organization’s and a nation’s public identity. Gannon has identified 467 integrated GAR posts where white and black veterans shared “a transcendent bond— comradeship—that overcame even the most pernicious social barrier of their era—race-based separation.” She studied the GAR using veteran memoirs, black newspapers and local archives, including many from all-black posts. That allowed her to focus “less on how race separated Civil War veterans and more on what brought them together as members of the GAR.”—The Civil War Times

“…The Won Cause is a unique and important contribution to the slowly growing literature on Civil War veterans and will help inspire historians to take closer looks at the ways that veterans and their communities responded to the decades following the war.” — James Marten, Professor of history and department chair at Marquette University

“Gannon presents an original and absorbing account . . .countering current scholarship. . .. A compelling corrective to common misconceptions. . .. Pertinent and persuasive; highly recommended for Civil War specialists.”–Library Journal

 “This book will force readers to reconsider their assumptions about 19th-century race relations. Recommended. All levels/libraries.”—Choice

 “A stimulating and provocative book.” —Journal of American History

 “. . . [it] will force historians to reconsider many aspects of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century race relations and to listen more carefully to the voices of the veterans.” –Register of The Kentucky Historical Society

“Gannon’s innovative research method, the logical rigor of her argument, and the persuasiveness of her evidence make this an invaluable contribution to the literatures on the Civil War, emancipation, race, and memory.” –American Historical Review

Uncover[s] the extent of African American participation and integration in the GAR. . .. The Won Cause brings an important new perspective. –The Annals of Iowa