Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xiv

A Quiet Corner of the War consists of the edited Civil War correspondence of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, a farming couple from the town of Oconomo - woc in southeastern Wisconsin. The Claflins wrote these letters between November 1862 and September 1863 when Gilbert Claflin served in the...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xviii

This fascinating window on history opens through the correspondence of my great-great-grandparents Gilbert and Esther Claflin. Gilbert was a fortyyear- old Wisconsin farmer when he was drafted to serve in the Union army in November 1862. From that December, when his regiment was...

Time Line

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pp. xix-2

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Prologue

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pp. 3-10

It is now November 1862.
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a flourishing town of a thousand people, has grown around a depot of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad. About a mile from the railroad depot in Summit Township, Gilbert and Esther Claflin live with their two sons and Gilbert’s mother on a forty-acre...

The Letters

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pp. 11-214

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Epilogue

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pp. 215-218

As soon as Gilbert was mustered out, he returned to his farm and family in Summit. He was finished being a soldier. Esther’s brothers continued to serve in the Union army, though James’s health never improved enough for him to do so, and William served for only the last...

Appendix A: Family

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pp. 219-234

Appendix B: Neighbors

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pp. 235-258

Appendix C: Summit and Oconomowoc

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pp. 259-266

Appendix D: Military

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pp. 267-308

Appendix E: Transcribing and Editing

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pp. 309-322

Bibliography

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pp. 323-326

Index

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pp. 327-334