Caroline E. Janney

Ends of War

Airdate: 09/30/2021 @ 3:30 pm CST

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Winner of the 2021 Lincoln Prize!

In Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army After Appomattox Caroline Janney tells the dramatic history of the weeks and months after the Civil War. Janney reveals that Lee’s surrender was less an ending and more the start of an interregnum marked by military and political uncertainty, legal and logistical confusion, and continued outbursts of violence. The book takes readers from the deliberations of government and military authorities to the ground-level experiences of common soldiers. Ultimately, what unfolds is the messy birth narrative of the Lost Cause, laying the groundwork for the defiant resilience of rebellion in the years that follow. Scroll down to watch the program. 

Bjorn Skaptason holds a M.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago. He has published essays on Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh for the Ambrose Bierce Project Journal, on the United States Colored Troops in the campaign and battle of Brice’s Crossroads for the West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, and in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society on The Chicago Light Artillery. A dealer in antiquarian books, Bjorn produces and guest hosts A House Divided for Author’s Voice®, a live book discussion program streamed from Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. in Chicago.