Susan-Mary Grant

James Buchanan, c.1850. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Getting intimate with America’s only bachelor president.

Susan-Mary Grant argues that the cult of the fallen soldier has its origins at Gettysburg and other battlefield monuments of the American Civil War.

Susan-Mary Grant looks at Florence Nightingale’s influence on medical care in the Crimea and the US Civil War.

Susan-Mary Grant looks at the motivations of ordinary citizens to fight their fellow Americans under either the Confederate or the Union flags.

Restored plaster cast of the Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

The image of the American Civil War as a ‘white man’s fight’ became the national norm almost as soon as the last shot was fired. Susan-Mary Grant looks at the experience and legacy of the conflict for black Americans.