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This cruel war : the Civil War letters of Grant and Malinda Taylor, 1862-1865
Taylor, Grant, 1828-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Macon, Ga. : Mercer University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 348 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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E551.5 40TH .T39 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Grant and Malinda Taylor's letters to each other are an excellent addition to the ever-expanding literature on America's bloodiest conflict. Apolitical, Grant Taylor had no interest in joining "the Cause." However, when conscription came to the Confederacy in 1862, he joined the 40th Alabama Infantry to avoid the stigma of being drafted, and served the duration of the war. Private Taylor reported on the nitty-gritty of everyday life in a representative unit. Poor health and malnutrition were a constant concern. Taylor almost died of pneumonia in 1864. Malinda, a typical dependent wife, grew more confident and self-sufficient as time passed. This volume provides the raw material for such works as Reid Mitchell's Civil War Soldiers (CH, Jan'89) and James I. Robertson's Soldiers Blue and Grey (CH, Mar'89). The footnotes are extremely helpful. Photography and maps complement textual material. Ironically, coeditor Robert Taylor (Florida Institute of Technology) is not related to Grant Taylor. Blomquist, a high school math teacher, is a distant relative. Essential for all Civil War collections and valuable for other libraries as well. All levels. ; Springfield Technical Community College