In this Book

Prison Pens
summary

Prison Pens presents the memoir of a captured Confederate soldier in northern Virginia and the letters he exchanged with his fiancée during the Civil War. Wash Nelson and Mollie Scollay’s letters, as well as Nelson’s own manuscript memoir, provide rare insight into a world of intimacy, despair, loss, and reunion in the Civil War South. The tender voices in the letters combined with Nelson’s account of his time as a prisoner of war provide a story that is personal and political, revealing the daily life of those living in the Confederacy and the harsh realities of being an imprisoned soldier. Ultimately, through the juxtaposition of the letters and memoir, Prison Pens provides an opportunity for students and scholars to consider the role of memory and incarceration in retelling the Confederate past and incubating Lost Cause mythology.

This book will be accompanied by a digital component: a website that allows students and scholars to interact with the volume’s content and sources via an interactive map, digitized letters, and special lesson plans.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-34
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Editorial Method
  2. pp. 35-38
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. CHAPTER 1. 1863: From Soldier to Prisonern
  2. pp. 39-47
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. CHAPTER 2. Winter and Spring 1864: From One Prison to Another
  2. pp. 48-62
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. CHAPTER 3. May– December 1864: “There Is Always Some Jonah”
  2. pp. 63-80
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. CHAPTER 4. Early Spring 1865: Silence and Anxiety
  2. pp. 81-96
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. CHAPTER 5. Spring to Autumn 1865: Surrender and Allegiance
  2. pp. 97-118
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. CHAPTER 6. “A Dark Record of Suffering and Oppression”: Wash Nelson’s Memoir
  2. pp. 119-138
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 139-140
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 141-144
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 145-149
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.