Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-vii

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xiv

The wagon headed south toward Virginia, bouncing along the rutted roads that took it farther from the killing fields of Gettysburg. Inside lay a soldier not yet thirty years old, who nursed as best he could a terrible gash in his leg, caused by a fragment of a shell that had exploded ...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xviii

While visiting Richmond one summer day in 1935, William C. Fender, a rising young Norfolk attorney and grandson of General William Dorsey Fender, decided on the spur of the moment to pay an introductory call on Dr. Douglas Southall ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-6

Upon receiving a report, which subsequently proved false, that General John B. Hood had been killed at the battle of Chickamauga, General Robert E. Lee ruefully wrote Jefferson Davis: "I am gradually losing my best men—Jackson, Fender, Hood."1 ...

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The Letters

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pp. 7-255

My dear Wife Excuse my writing so soon, but I hurried off so unceremoniously that I feel as if I ought to write you. You must be cheerful, and try to make the best of our position. It is bad but might be ...

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Afterword

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pp. 259-262

Three days after Fender wrote his last letter to Fanny he led his division in the fierce assault which swept General Abener Doubleday's bluecoats from their strong position west of Gettysburg through the town to the heights beyond. The next day, July ...

Appendix: The Family

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pp. 265-265

Index

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pp. 267-271