Boston Area Seminar on Environmental History - Camp Benson and the “GAR Camps”

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Camp Benson and the “GAR Camps”: Recreational Landscapes of Civil War Memory in Maine, 1886-1910

Tuesday January 15, 2019, 5:15pm-7:30pm


C. Ian Stevenson, Boston University

Comment: Ian Delahanty, Springfield College


This chapter examines sites where veterans transitioned the Civil War vacation toward a civilian audience: Camp Benson, where several Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) posts built a campground, and at the “GAR Camps” where a single veteran proprietor built rental cottages. The chapter asks why postwar civilians would want to mimic the veteran desire to associate healthful destinations with wartime memory. How do these outdoor landscapes explain the nation’s healing process from the Civil War?


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