Love amid the turmoil : the Civil War letters of William and Mary Vermilion /
edited by Donald C. Elder III.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2003.
xiv, 391 p.
0877458499 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2003.
0877458499 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Donald Elder is professor of history and chair of the department at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-02-01:
Rarely is there a fairly complete series of letters between a Civil War soldier and his wife; typically only one side has survived. The letters of William and Mary Vermilion provide a unique glimpse into the changes the war inflicted on men, women, and family relationships. The Vermilions both grew up in Indiana but moved to Iowa in the late 1850s, where William began a medical practice and purchased a farm. The two were educated (Mary was a teacher) and sympathetic to abolitionism. Consequently, their letters offer a rich discussion of the politics of the home front in two states as well as the progress of military action, especially in the western theater. Perhaps most interesting is the correspondence that takes place when Mary went to live with William's family in Indiana for six months beginning in the fall of 1862. Mary clashed with the Indiana Vermilions and the people of Putnam County because of the strong Confederate sympathies of the region, and the letters reveal a good deal about her strong will. This is a welcome complement to the literature on the Civil War's impact on gender and marriage. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and collections. K. Fones-Wolf West Virginia University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
"Still I Am Proud of My Gallant Soldier Husband"p. 1
"You Are in Danger Now, Every Day, I Know"p. 31
"I Want to Know Whether Our Government Is Really Worth Dying For"p. 62
"Since I Came Home I Am Entirely Satisfied with Iowa"p. 88
"I Knew Somebody Had Lost Friends, and I Feared It Was I"p. 130
"I Will Never Forget All the Bitter Experiences of the Last Year"p. 181
"I Listen Every Hour to Hear of a Decisive Battle"p. 228
"Our War Can't Last Much Longer As It Is Now Carried On"p. 266
"The Days Are Long and Dreary till You Come Home"p. 313
Epiloguep. 331
Notesp. 337
Bibliographical Notep. 369
Indexp. 375
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