Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

During the decade and a half in which this project germinated, many people have contributed to its realization. Most important, of course, has been the Evans family. Today, many are widely scattered from their ancestral home in...

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Editors’ Note

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p. xi

The editors have striven to be faithful to the meaning and style of the original writers...

Evans Family Tree

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p. xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxiii

The Civil War letters of the Evans family, presented in Their Patriotic Duty, offer rich, variegated, and insightful portraits of Civil War life in the Midwest. Specifically they reveal to us the world of middling rural folk from Ohio...

Maps

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pp. xxv-xxvi

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‘‘I Have Seen the Elephant’’: February 1862–April 1862

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pp. 1-20

Dear Brother, When I got home the news of your departure had already reached them. Mother was crying very hard but I reconciled her to some extent. Father looked very sad but said little...

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‘‘We Can Endure’’: May 1862–April 1863

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pp. 21-133

Dear Father, As I have come to write you a few lines I thought I would do so. I have not heard from home for a long time. We started on march toward Corinth last Tuesday morning. We only marched about...

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‘‘The Duty Imposed Upon Us’’: May 1863–November 1863

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pp. 134-219

Dear Son, Yours of the 26th came to hand yesterday, (the quickest time on record) which gave us pleasure to learn that you were ‘‘very well’’ and that the general health of your company is still good. I am sorry to learn the...

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‘‘Forced into a Responsible Position’’: January 1865–April 1865

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pp. 220-312

Dear Father, Your favor of the 18 comes to hand on the 28 of last month. I write pretty often at least once a week. I have made you my Regular correspondent for nearly 3 years. I think I have written on an average 1 per week...

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‘‘I Am Ready for Them to Give Up’’: January 1865–April 1865

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pp. 313-345

Dear Father, Your favor of the 18 comes to hand on the 28 of last month. I write pretty often at least once a week. I have made you my Regular correspondent for nearly 3 years. I think I have written...

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‘‘To Lay Aside All Prejudice’’?: May 1865–January 1866

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pp. 346-387

Dear Father, I have received no letter from Home since yours of the 25th, I don’t know what is the reason. I have not written hom[e] since the 28. I have been expecting a letter from home and have not written...

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Epilogue

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pp. 389-393

In the final letter of this collection, Andrew laments the small size of the family left at home with him. Of his eleven children, four had died during the war—Abraham, John, Amos, and Ann—and only four remained at home, as Indiana...

Evans Family Timeline, 1737–1914

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pp. 395-398

Bibliography

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pp. 399-402

Index

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pp. 403-410