Date of Award

Winter 1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis: Open Access

Degree Name

MA History



Committee Chair

Michael Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Committee Co-Chair

David Miller, Ph.D.

Committee Member

David Miller, Ph.D.


The celebration of past wars and warriors is not a uniquely American notion. For centuries nations and individuals have celebrated and revered those who went to war. Similarly, modern Civil War reenactments represent one ritual where Americans honor the War and its participants. But is there something distinctive about the way Americans commemorate and remember the Civil War? Do reenactments hide, forget, or obscure certain elements of the War as much as they commemorate?