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Title Between home and the front : Civil War letters of the Walters family / edited by Lynn Heidelbaugh and Thomas J. Paone
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2022]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 212 pages) : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Summary "The personal letters of Americans during the Civil War preserve first-person records of news, people, and emotions that humanize the horrific events of the Civil War and provide unique insights into the conflict's effects on individuals, families, communities, and America. Often, however, only the letters sent home survived, leaving half of the story missing. Between Home and the Front presents previously unpublished letters from Walters family's collection held in the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, which include the exchange of correspondence between the home front and front line, a perspective not often seen. Between Home and the Front gives us a glimpse into the poignant questions, answers, and sentiments Private David Walters of the 5th Indiana Calvary and his wife Rachel shared in their correspondence. The letters from David give details about some of the lesser-known actions of the western theater of combat, such as Morgan's Raid. The letters by Rachel Walters at home show how she became the hub of communication for the family, often receiving missives from David's brothers, Isaac and John Wesley, both of whom served with Indiana units, and relaying the information to others. From the early letters describing a Civil War soldier's enlistment to his widow's struggle in the aftermath of the war, the letters of the Walters family add incomparable details to the study of the Civil War. Between Home and the Front offers not only a unique first-person account from those that experienced the Civil War but an annotation in meticulous detail to provide valuable historical context for the events, people, and material culture described in the letters"-- Provided by publisher
Notes "Smithsonian National Postal Museum Washington, DC, In association with Indiana University Press."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest Ebook Central platform, viewed September 27, 2022)
Subject Walters, David W., 1838?-1865 -- Correspondence
Walters, Rachel Ward, 1842?- -- Correspondence
Walters, Isaac, 1832-1917 -- Correspondence
Walter family.
Walter family
United States. Army. Indiana Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 20th (1861-1865)
United States. Army. Indiana Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 20th (1861-1865)
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography
Brothers -- United States -- Biography
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Brothers
Regimental histories
Soldiers
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Indiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
Indiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
Indiana
United States
Genre/Form Electronic books
personal correspondence.
Biographies
History
Personal correspondence
Personal narratives
Biographies.
Personal correspondence.
Personal narratives.
Biographies.
Correspondance privée.
Récits personnels.
Form Electronic book
Author Heidelbaugh, Lynn, editor.
Paone, Thomas J. (Thomas John), editor.
National Postal Museum (U.S.)
LC no. 2022000159
ISBN 0253062985
9780253062987
9780253062994
0253062993
Other Titles Civil War letters of the Walters family