Cover

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Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

“Surely there is no other family in the land placed in the exact situation of ours,” lamented Elodie Breck Todd in the fall of 1861, “and I hope will never be [another] so unfortunate as to be surrounded by trials so numerous.” Elodie was one of fourteen children born to Robert Smith Todd of Lexington, Kentucky. ...

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Editorial Method

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pp. 17-18

Between April 1861 and April 1862, Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd exchanged more than three hundred letters. Concerned about privacy, Elodie suggested the letters be burned. Nathaniel would not hear of it. Elodie’s letters were “sacred writing,” he said, and while he kept the most recent missives on his person for romantic inspiration, ...

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Part 1. To War

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pp. 19-120

I do not know that I can better express my appreciation of the goodness of my gentle and dear Elodie, in being present, this morning, to bid me goodby and God speed, than by writing her a few hurried lines.1 For I know that to hold communion with her is the sweetest of all pleasures. ...

Illustrations, the Todd Family, and the Magnolia Cadets

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pp. 121-134

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Part 2. To the Altar

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pp. 135-320

We have had a terrible battle today, my dear Elodie, but have achieved a glorious victory. Our brigade was in the hottest of the engagement, and the 4th Ala. Reg. has been cut to pieces. I have had from twenty to thirty killed and wounded in the Cadets, but thanks to a merciful Creator and your prayers, I escaped unscathed. ...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 321-322

Index

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pp. 323-328