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We Are in His Hands Whether We Live or Die
summary
Howard’s letters cover a wide-ranging period, from 1852 to 1908. His concern for his family is typical of a Civil War soldier, but his exceptionally firm reliance on divine providence is what makes these letters an extraordinary window into the mind of a Civil War officer. Howard’s grounded faith was often tested by the viciousness of war, and as a result his letters are rife with stirring confessions and his emotional grappling with the harsh realities he faced. Howard’s letters expose the greater theological and metaphysical dilemmas of the war faced by so many on both sides.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents & List of Illustrations
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxiii
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  1. Editorial Method
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Chapter 1. “The Savior Says Ask & Have Faith & Ye Shall Receive”: Charles and His Early Years
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. Chapter 2. “Now All Is Right and I Am in the Place Marked Out by Providence”: Charles and the Civil War, 1861–1862
  2. pp. 37-79
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  1. Chapter 3. “The Lord Is Gracious & We Are in His Hands Whether We Live or Die”: Charles and the 1863 Eastern Theater [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 81-108
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  1. Chapter 4. “A Kind Providence Has Been with Us All Along”: Charles and the Western Theater, 1863– Early 1864
  2. pp. 113-162
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  1. Chapter 5. “Pray for Me, Mother, That I May Have All the Grace Requisite for My New Duties & Responsibilities”: Charles and the End of the War
  2. pp. 163-197
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  1. Epilogue. “I Am Growing Old I Think Rapidly”: Charles and His Postwar Career
  2. pp. 199-203
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  1. Appendix. Bowdoin College Alumni Referenced by Charles Howard
  2. pp. 205-207
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-264
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 265-273
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-281
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