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Dear sister : the Civil War letters of the Brothers Gould
Harris, Robert F., 1944-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvi, 172 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Personal Subject:
Format :


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E601 .D38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E601 .D38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room Non-Circ

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Collects 139 letters from six of the seven Gould brothers who left their homes in central New York to fight for the Union Army. These letters, written to their sister Hannah, span four years of conflict and run the gamut from initial enlistment to eventual death or discharge. Annotation c. by Book N

Author Notes

Robert F. Harris has spent nearly 30 years in education. With a PhD in education administration from the University of Pittsburgh, he has served as history teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools./e Author of several articles, he created a first person interpretation for the Eastern National Parks & Monument Association at Gettysburg where he is a licensed battlefield guide.

John Niflot is co-founder and president of the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley. A lifelong resident of the area, he now lives close to the original Gould settlement./e His interest for many years has been the preservation of the area's unique local history. His home is located on the site of the first local school house built by the Goulds in 1842.

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Library Journal Review

This compilation of Civil War correspondence is unique in offering 139 letters written by six of the seven Gould brothers to their sister, Hannah. Each message home details the writer's health and camp life in the Union army in the Eastern theater of the war. The Goulds' letters also emphasize their fellow soldiers' health, underscoring their awareness that more died from disease than from enemy fire. Early in the war, the letters show a concern with clothing, food, and living conditions and a confidence that the war will be short. Later, they reflect frustration with the boredom of camp life and days of hard marching, often for no apparent purpose. Politics also surface, with all the brothers staunchly behind Lincoln. While not forging new territory, this compilation does offer a family view of the war. Unfortunately, few of the letters go into useful detail and most understandably cover the same subjects time and again. Academic libraries with Civil War collections may consider purchase.¬ĎGrant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1861
Charles Wesley 1862
Charles WesleyJames Richard William 1863
Wesley, James, Richard, William 1864
Wesley James Richard William George 1865
Wesley James Richard William George Henry