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The Long Road Home

In 2014, Dr. Susannah Ural asked me to develop an interactive map of the routes veterans from Hood’s Texas Brigade took home after their surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. After months of mining the journals and memoirs, I created this interactive map using the Neatline software developed by the Scholar’s Lab at the University of Virginia Library.

This map conveys not only the length of the journey and the destruction caused by the Civil War, but the alacrity and resilience of youth in the wake of great hardship. Despite the human toll of the previous four years and their intense desire to get home, these young veterans still found time to go fishing, flirt with girls, and take in the sights. For many, this final march was only the beginning of a longer journey towards national reconciliation and personal healing. For others that day would never come. Please click on the image below to access “The Long Road Home.”

The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home

Allan Branstiter is a writer and Ph.D. student studying U.S. History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, he is writing a dissertation examining the experiences of Civil War veterans in the American West. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a former candidate for the North Dakota State Senate.

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