Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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p. vii

Illustrations

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p. ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvii

From the dim and misty past, François Villon calls to mind the names of heroines long gone in his “Ballad of Dead Ladies” and repeatedly asks, “But where are the snows of yester-year?” The snows covered the “dead ladies” until they were cast almost into oblivion, before the obscuring snow itself melted away. Who were these chaste and ardent women whose names speak of valor, intrigue, joy, and...

Acknowledgments

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pp. xix-xx

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Introduction: BOLD SCRIPT AND WAR WORK [Includes Image Plates]

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pp. 1-116

“Volunteers! Volunteers!” bellowed the headline in the Mount Vernon Democratic Banner on November 5, 1861. “Apply without delay,” Colonel J. L. Kirby Smith commanded from the page; “I hope to raise one of the best companies in the State. . . . [T]he 43rd is designated to be one of the finest Regiments in the service.” Twenty days later, Edwin Lewis Lybarger, the twenty-one-year-old son of the former Amelia Crum and James T. Lybarger of Knox County, ...

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Women’s Letters to Edwin Lewis Lybarger, 1862–67

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pp. 117-353

...I thought I would write you a letter today, although I wrote to you about two or three months ago, and have been looking for a letter from you, would have been looking yet, but Delia Schroyer told me that she had received a letter from you, and you said you had written to me but had not received an answer. I directed my letter to New Madrid, presume you had left there before the letter had gotten there. This is Sabbath Day and I am so lonely. Ria Welker has been...

Appendix: Biographical Sketch of Edwin Lewis Lybarger

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pp. 355-360

Notes

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pp. 361-385

Bibliography

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pp. 387-397

Index of Correspondents

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p. 399

General Index

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pp. 401-410