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The Death of a Confederate: Selections from the Letters of the Archibald Smith Family of Roswell, Georgia, 1864-1956 Hardcover – December 1, 1996

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Editors Arthur Skinner (visual arts, Eckerd Coll.) and James L. Skinner (English, Presbyterian Coll.) offer a series of letters from two Confederate soldiers, who were brothers, and their family mainly during the period of Sherman's march through Georgia. The letters vividly describe the living conditions of a family uprooted by the forces of war and effectively reveal their feelings toward the Union troops and the way the civilian population was treated. The reader gets a clear picture of the deep faith that sustained this family during the trials of war and through the death of their older son, who died from disease as the war ended. Later letters help bring the family home up to the 1950s. This book will be of particular import to anyone interested in the effects of the Civil War on the civilian population of the South.?W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
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"A moving account of one family's late war struggles and heartaches. Arthur Skinner and James Skinner have done an excellent job editing and explaining the documents they have collected together. The book is enhanced by photographs of the family, maps, and pictures of the original letters. Scholars and general audiences will benefit from learning about another fairly typical family and how that family suffered and survived Federal invasion, death and Confederate defeat.”--Georgia Historical Quarterly


"This book will be of particular import to anyone interested in the effects of the Civil War on the civilian population of the South."--Library Journal


"This skillfully edited collection has much to offer scholars of the period. . . . These letters help to confirm that loyalty was fluid and conditional in the wartime South, and never static."--H-CivWar
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820318442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820318448
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,378,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book because I live in Roswell GA and I'm interested in the history of the town. The letters of this family really shows a level of closeness (even with distance between them) as they plowed through the harshness of the war. You feel terrible for poor William. If medicine had been better, he would have lived. You feel terrible for his family because they could not be there when he died. The letters are tedious to read, but full of so much information of the times. The fact that they collected and were interested in various flowers is amusing. Makes you wonder what we would be interested in if we didn't have television, internet, etc. to occupy our minds.
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Any one that is interested in the Cival War needs to get this book.Gives details of the happening during Willies time serving for our counry. I liked the book very much.
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