Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

I first encountered Laura Redden through my work as a historian of women when the National Women's History Project in California offered, and I purchased, a book written by Mabs Holcomb and Sharon Wood entitled Deaf Women: A Parade Through the Decades (San Diego: DawnSignPress, 1989). An endnote on page 111 told of a Minnesota town...

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A Brief Biography of Laura Redden Searing

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pp. 1-20

Laura Catherine Redden was born with the soul of a poet on February 9, 1839 to Littleton John Redden and Wilhelmina Waller Redden in a sparsely settled area of Somerset County near Princess Anne on Maryland's Eastern Shore.1 She was their oldest living child. Two younger brothers, Valerian "Val" Stuart and Alexander "Alex" Littleton would be...

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Laura Redden Searing: A Restored Voice in American Poetry

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pp. 21-35

When the editors of the St. Louis Republican sent twenty-two-year-old Laura Redden to Washington, D.C., to cover the Civil War, neither the editors nor Redden could have predicted the physical, moral, and political slaughter that lay ahead. The editors of the Republican asked Redden, a recent graduate of the Missouri School for the Deaf, to send back...

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The Idyls of Battle

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pp. 37-66

The Red, White, and Blue, In Time of War, Left on the Battle-Field, To the Earnest Thinkers, De Profundis, The Story of Sumter, Watch-Night, The Legend of Our Victories, The Latest War News, Baker, The Snow in October, An Appeal, The Graves of Gettysburg, The Snow at Fredericksburg, The President's Proclamation, A Greeting for a New Year, The Volunteer's Return, My Absent Soldier, Butler's Black Brigade, The Quiet Man, My Story, The Last Poem