Louisiana State University Press
Being “lost in the Wilderness” is an existential experience as old as the Bible, and therefore it’s no surprise that no Civil War landscape has more metaphoric power than Virginia’s Wilderness. The 1864 battlefield offers a unique Civil War twist that writers have taken advantage of since they started writing narratives about the battle. But aside from Stephen Cushman’s 1999 Bloody Promenade, no writer has examined the mythic power of the Wilderness as a thing unto itself. Adam H. Petty’s systematic study, The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory, casts light into that dark foliage and, in doing so, explains why the Wilderness has such power over our imaginations...
"The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory: Reconsidering Virginia’s Most Notorious Civil War Battlefield,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 22
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol22/iss2/9