Lost for almost 150 years, a treasure trove of Civil War love letters has been rediscovered and published in a new book: Love and Valor -- Intimate Civil War Letters Between Captain Jacob and Emeline Ritner, edited by Charles F. Larimer.
This firsthand account captures all the passion, bravery and pain of America's bloodiest war, with vivid details of the most important military campaigns of the Western Armies: Wilson's Creek, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea (including Christmas in Savannah), the Carolina's Campaign, and the Grand Review in Washington.
Jacob Ritner, a small-town teacher turned soldier, records his emotions while walking through battlefields and even recounts a late night conversation with the opposing Confederate sentries during the siege of Vicksburg.
His wife, Emeline, movingly describes the lives of those left behind -- the women forced to manage the farms and raise the children while their husbands were away. She gives a rare feminine view of the war and home front, making this both a valuable Civil War reference and a compelling love story.
|Product dimensions:||7.04(w) x 7.06(h) x 1.18(d)|
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Before the War||11|
|Chapter 2||Wilson's Creek, Missouri||15|
|Chapter 3||The Vicksburg Campaign||54|
|Chapter 4||Chattanooga, Tennessee||206|
|Chapter 5||The Atlanta Campaign||265|
|Chapter 6||Sherman's March to the Sea, The Occupation of Savannah and The Carolinas Campaign||380|
|Chapter 7||After the War: Jacob and Emeline, Family and Friends||448|
|About the Editor||464|