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Brothers 'Til Death: The Civil War Letters of Maggie, Thomas, and William Jones, 1861-1865 Hardcover – Bargain Price, June, 2000

ISBN-10: 0865546983 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; 1st edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865546983
  • ASIN: B005Q7R1RM
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,703,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard M. Trimble (a graduate of Seton Hall and Rutgers Universities) teaches History at Manasquan High School and at Brookdale Community College.

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William and Thomas Jones were Irish brothers who, with their sister Maggie, immigrated to the United States. Maggie was a schoolteacher in West Farms, New Jersey. William and Thomas served in the 48th New York Volunteer Regiment and saw front-line combat during the American Civil War. Brothers 'til Death is a collection of their letters, memoirs, and diary entries that provide today's reader with first-hand information on what they say and did, from the home front to the front lines. Their letters also present an immigrant's perspective on the conflict. Also included are letters from friends of the Jones siblings, thereby adding additional voices and views to the Irish-accented conversation about the war. Of special interest to Civil War historians are detailed aspects of the coastal campaign of the Carolinas and Georgia, including the assaults on Forts Pulaski, Fisher, and Wagner. Brothers 'til Death is enthusiastically recommended reading for all Civil War buffs and an outstanding contribution to academic and public library Civil War collections.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DawnMarie on August 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I closed the final chapter longing for more and feeling as though my friendships had been severed without saying good-bye... What a fine collection of letters to impose such feelings... Not only do we have the opportunity to learn more about this complicated era through their personal accounts, but we get the added dimension of their emotions through the beautifully expressive writing. John Fogarty's soulful poem written during the summer of 1864 underscores the tremendous eloquence of these "ordinary" people... Having had the privilege of reading some of Ellis Spear's journal entries as he set off with the 20th Maine, I can affirm the dedication of this teacher to his students and the labor of love the coordination of this project was. We are fortunate to reap what Richard Trimble has sown...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2000
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Though there are several good letters contained in this book, most are average at best. Trimble does not do a very good job as editor. The introduction and conclusion are poor--they contain very little information on the authors of the letters, and what information is provided is not presented well. Would also like to have seen the editor do a better job placing the letters in the greater context of the war.
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