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Their Patriotic Duty: The Civil War Letters of the Evans Family of Brown County, Ohio (The Norths Civil War)
Their Patriotic Duty: The Civil War Letters of the Evans Family of Brown County, Ohio (The Norths Civil War) Robert F. Engs 0823227847 9780823227846 Many of the farm families in the river country of southern Ohio sent fathers, hus
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Their Patriotic Duty: The Civil War Letters of the Evans Family of Brown County, Ohio (The Norths Civil War) by Robert F. Engs

Many of the farm families in the river country of southern Ohio sent fathers, husbands, and sons to fight and die in the Civil War. Few families have bequeathed a record of that experience as remarkable as that created by the Evans Family: an extraordinary collection of letters that offers a unique portrait of life both on the homefront and on the frontlines. From his homestead near Ripley on the Ohio River, patriarch Andrew Evans sent two sons to war, and from 1862 to 1866, father and sons wrote each other hundreds of letters. Called the soldiers letters by the family, this cache lay untouched in a barn until the 1980s, when Robert Engs was invited to edit them. Here are 273 family letters, most between Andrew and son Samuel, that draw us into the complicated lives of a Midwestern family not just suffering the dislocations of war, but also experiencing-and describing in intimate detail-the sorrows and occasional joys of rural life in 19th century America. From the frontlines with the 70th Ohio and, later, as an officer commanding a unit of colored troops, Samuel writes of the horrors of Shiloh, of the loneliness and fear patrolling Union lines in Tennessee. Andrew writes of the seasons of rural life, of illness and deaths in the family, of the complicated politics of this borderland where abolitionists and Copperhead pro-slavery voices shared daily debates. One of the very few collections of Civil War letters from homefront and frontlines, this meticulously edited book is an engrossing chronicle of war and peace, family and country, and an indispensable addition to the history of the Civil War.

Author: Robert F. Engs

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Publication Date: 2007-11-15

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