Reading this book makes me want to jump in the car, drive down to Washington and look at these monuments with new eyes. It provides a wonderful example of what historic travel is all about and the way it can add a whole new dimension to a visit... Jacob takes what could have been a dry topic and turns it into a fascinating behind-the-pedestals look at 41 Civil War monuments in the nation's capital.(Tom Huntington, Editor Historic Traveler)
Rich and fascinating and packed with the kind of detail that can only come with total immersion in a subject, Testament to Union is a Washingtonian's jewel hoard... We are, in short, in the hands of a master of anecdote, who leads the reader from one end of the town to the other by the stories and histories behind the sightless faces of the sculptured heroes and their attendant figures.(Duncan Spencer Washington Times)
Readable and well illustrated... Each entry sets the memorial in its political and artistic context and traces the story of its design, construction, and dedication. These accounts are well researched, vivid, and revealing, as Jacob weaves in human stories about controversies, sponsors, and sculptors.(Catherine W. Bishir Journal of Southern History)
Jacob's book is a handsomely produced catalog of the Civil War monuments located in the Washington, D.C., area, with excellent new photographs.(Kirk Savage Public Historian)
Jacob's remarkable volume vividly animates our understanding of the resonant connections between art and history within a politically charged civic matrix, and she skillfully conveys the complexities inherent in historical commemoration.(Betsy Fahlman Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)
Kathryn Jacob's fascinating guide to Washington's many Civil War monuments -- featuring the work of Maryland's Vanishing Lives photographer Edwin Remsberg.(2000) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As a native of the DC area, I wanted to learn more about the statuary around the capital city. This fits the bill perfectly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J West
It is only fitting that a war that defined our country would be the home to many monuments and memorials commemorating said war. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Robert Redd