Women's Letters to a Union Soldier
Publication Year: 2009
Women’s letter writing functioned as a form of “war work” that bolstered the spirits of enlisted men and “kinship work” that helped forge romantic relationships and sustain community bonds across the miles. While men’s letters and diaries abound in Civil War history, less readily available are comprehensive collections of letters from middle-class and rural women that survived the weathering of marches, camp life, and battles to emerge unscathed from men’s knapsacks at war’s end.
The collection is accompanied by a detailed editorial introduction that highlights significant themes in the letters. Together, they contribute to the still-unfolding historical knowledge concerning Northern women’s lives and experiences during this significant period in American history.
Published by: Ohio University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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From the dim and misty past, FranÃ§ois Villon calls to mind the names of heroines long gone in his âBallad of Dead Ladiesâ and repeatedly asks, âBut where are the snows of yester-year?â The snows covered the âdead ladiesâ 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...
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Introduction: BOLD SCRIPT AND WAR WORK [Includes Image Plates]
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âVolunteers! Volunteers!â bellowed the headline in the Mount Vernon Democratic Banner on November 5, 1861. âApply without delay,â Colonel J. L. Kirby Smith commanded from the page; âI 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.â Twenty days later, Edwin Lewis Lybarger, the twenty-one-year-old son of the former Amelia Crum and James T. Lybarger of Knox County, ...
Womenâs Letters to Edwin Lewis Lybarger, 1862â67
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...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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Index of Correspondents
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Page Count: 440
Publication Year: 2009