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Go If You Think It Your Duty
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During the American Civil War, James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler courted, married, became parents, and bought a farm. They attended dances, talked politics, and confided their deepest fears. Because of the war, however, they experienced all of these events separately, sharing them through hundreds of letters from 1861 to 1865 while Madison served in the Third Minnesota Volunteer Regiment. The couple’s separation—which led Madison to battle in the Tennessee Surrender and the Dakota War of 1862—challenged their commitment to the war and to each other. These poignant letters provided them a space to voice their fear for and frustration with each other, and they now provide readers with a window into one couple’s Civil War.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. fm
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Prologue: April 1860
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. Letter Facsimiles
  2. pp. 19-24
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  1. 1. My Dear . . . Yours Ever: April 1861 to March 1862
  2. pp. 25-63
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  1. 2. I Wish You Could Be Here To-day with Me: March 1862 to August 1862
  2. pp. 64-115
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  1. 3. Anxious to Hear from You . . . More Anxious to See You: September 1862 to November 1862
  2. pp. 116-132
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  1. 4. My Dear Wife . . . Dearest Hubby: December 1862 to August 1863
  2. pp. 133-196
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  1. Images
  2. pp. p1-p6
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  1. 5. I Hope You Will Soon Have the Pleasure of Visiting Your Family: August 1863 to February 1864
  2. pp. 197-227
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  1. 6. Do, Libby, Look on the Bright Side of Things: April 1864 to April 1865
  2. pp. 228-285
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  1. 7. I Sincerely Wish You Could Make Up Your Mind to Come Here: April 1865 to September 1865
  2. pp. 286-305
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 306-308
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  1. Appendix A. Bowler-Caleff Family Tree
  2. pp. 309-312
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  1. Appendix B. Madison’s and Lizzie’s Letter-writing Frequency
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-336
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