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For love & liberty : the untold Civil War story of Major Sullivan Ballou & his famous love letter /
Robin Young.
imprint
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2006.
description
xxxiv, 830 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1560257245 :
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New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2006.
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1560257245 :
catalogue key
5878492
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-01-01:
Ken Burns's Civil War documentary in 1990 thrust the war deep into the American heart. An especially powerful moment was the narration of a farewell love letter from Maj. Sullivan Ballou, a Rhode Island soldier, to his wife, which she received after his death early in the war. The letter occasioned much interest in Ballou's life and in the story of his love. Young picks up the trail of Ballou's letters and other accounts to give the man his due in an engrossing life-and-times biography of him, his family, his community, his regiment, and the war. Young offers no new insights on why and how soldiers fought, the character of the northern homefront, of battle, or other current concerns of Civil War scholars, but she does make the war real by following Ballou, a lawyer and aspiring public figure, from his decision to join the fight, to his adjustment to the military, through the first battle of Bull Run (Manassas), to his hospital time and his death as well as the recovery and reburial of his body, as a war hero, in Rhode Island. The result is Young's own love letter to a man and a time that demands we not forget the individual costs paid out in a war that took over 600,000 lives. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2005-12-12:
If you watched Ken Burns's Civil War documentary, you probably remember the touching narration of a letter Sullivan Ballou, an officer in a Rhode Island regiment, wrote to his wife on the eve of the war's first major conflict. Young tries to tell this couple's story, but is only fitfully successful. Although early sections do shed some light on Sullivan's life before the war, there simply isn't enough information about the Ballous to sustain an 800-plus-page book. Young winds up quoting the famous letter twice in its entirety, and the narrative thread is frequently overwhelmed by her rehashing of the slavery debate and early days of the Civil War. She also buries the Ballous under pages of historical minutiae detailing everything from rifle-loading techniques to contemporary household advice. A huge chunk in the middle does actually provide an exhaustive account of the Battle of Bull Run, but again, Young so often pulls back for the big picture that it becomes difficult to keep track of Sullivan and his ultimately fatal injuries on the battlefield. There's a moving story about families torn apart by war in here, but finding it is an exercise in frustration. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Long Description
If you were among the millions who fell in love with Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War back in 1990, today there's probably only one moment you remember from it: "The Letter." Read as the music soared at the end of the first episode, the letter from unsung Rhode Island soldier Sullivan Ballou to his wife on the eve of battle -- and likely death -- brought a nation of viewers to tears for its eloquence and passion. This is Ballou's story. At the age of thirty-four, less than ten years after meeting the love of his life, Sarah Shumway, Ballou left his law practice and budding political career, his wife and two young sons, and took a commission as a major in the Union Army. He served in the army for almost two months but was struck down at the First Battle of Manassas-Bull Run. Civil War enthusiasts will devour the detailed depiction of the battle in which Ballou participated, and romantics will be absorbed in Sarah and Sullivan's love story. "For Love and Liberty brings the war to life with startling detail, depicting not only the heroism of its soldiers, but also the courage of the families they left behind.
Main Description
If you were among the millions who fell in love with Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War back in 1990, today there's probably only one moment you remember from it: "The Letter." Read as the music soared at the end of the first episode, the letter from unsung Rhode Island soldier Sullivan Ballou to his wife on the eve of battleand likely deathbrought a nation of viewers to tears for its eloquence and passion. This is Ballou's story. At the age of thirty-four, less than ten years after meeting the love of his life, Sarah Shumway, Ballou left his law practice and budding political career, his wife and two young sons, and took a commission as a major in the Union Army. He served in the army for almost two months but was struck down at the First Battle of Manassas-Bull Run. Civil War enthusiasts will devour the detailed depiction of the battle in which Ballou participated, and romantics will be absorbed in Sarah and Sullivan's love story. For Love and Liberty brings the war to life with startling detail, depicting not only the heroism of its soldiers, but also the courage of the families they left behind.
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If you were among the millions who fell in love with Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War back in 1990, today there's probably only one moment you remember from it: "The Letter." Read as the music soared at the end of the first episode, the letter from unsung Rhode Island soldier Sullivan Ballou to his wife on the eve of battle—and likely death—brought a nation of viewers to tears for its eloquence and passion. This is Ballou's story. At the age of thirty-four, less than ten years after meeting the love of his life, Sarah Shumway, Ballou left his law practice and budding political career, his wife and two young sons, and took a commission as a major in the Union Army. He served in the army for almost two months but was struck down at the First Battle of Manassas-Bull Run. Civil War enthusiasts will devour the detailed depiction of the battle in which Ballou participated, and romantics will be absorbed in Sarah and Sullivan's love story. For Love and Liberty brings the war to life with startling detail, depicting not only the heroism of its soldiers, but also the courage of the families they left behind.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Preface: Conventions Used in the Bookp. xi
Introduction: "Go Tell My Wife Not to Grieve"p. xxi
"Where the River Runs Like Silver"p. 1
"Whose Sons Are Foremost in Duty"p. 21
"Whose Daughters Are Peerless and Bright"p. 41
"Joy Was in His Mild Blue Eyes"p. 59
"Our Lovings Prospered Well"p. 83
"We Live in Hard and Stirring Times"p. 105
"Our Cause Is Just and Holy"p. 135
"The President Called on the Land for an Army"p. 177
"I'm Off to the War with the Good Men and True, and Hadn't You Better Come Along, Too?"p. 209
"Then to the South We Bore Away"p. 229
"From Hill to Hill, from Creek to Creek, Potomac Calls to Chesapeake"p. 271
"In the Watch Fires of a Hundred Circling Camps"p. 297
"Rally Round the Flag Boys"p. 335
"The Most Glorious Scene"p. 379
"How Many Miles to the Junction?"p. 423
"A Cannonball Don't Pay No Mind"p. 461
"The Murdering Cannons Roar"p. 509
"Yankee Doodle Wheeled About and Scampered Off at Full Run, and Such a Race Was Never Seen as that He Made at Bull Run"p. 553
"Weeping Sad and Lonely"p. 585
"Life's Tide Is Ebbing Out So Fast"p. 609
"And Our Hopes in Ruin Lie"p. 633
"Though We Live in Winter Quarters Now, We're but Waiting for the Hour"p. 655
"With Tender Care"p. 675
"Wreaths of Glory"p. 701
"The Eagle of Freedom Shrieks"p. 723
"We Shall Win the Day"p. 741
Notesp. 783
Bibliographyp. 819
Indexp. 823
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