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Through Ordinary Eyes: The Civil War Correspondence of Rufus Robbins, Private, 7th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers Paperback – May 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803290063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803290068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Robbins’s letters provide an invaluable insight into a soldier’s view of soldiering, strengthened by a useful introduction that provides a good deal of background on his early life, his family, and his community.”—New York Military Affairs Symposium
(New York Military Affairs Symposium)

“Wonderful . . . because it is the correspondence of an ordinary private in the Union Army and of his family. . . . This book is recommended to Civil War enthusiasts and students looking for primary sources on the Civil War.” —Curled Up With a Good Book
(Curled Up With a Good Book 2007-04-03)

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Reveals the extensive exchange of letters between Rufus Robbins and members of his family, providing a highly personalized view of the life of a Union soldier, as well as life on the home front.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Ott on January 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The composure of the novel breathes life into such a dramatic event of U.S. History. 'Through Ordinary Eyes' makes not only the war itself, but the surrounding aspects of family life and personal hardships, understandable and reachable to its readers. Throughout history, war has been battlegrounds for the ordinary persons. This historical recap speaks from the life of not a highly positioned general, but only an average private. As a reader, we are allowed into the personal battle of one private while gaining an overall appreciation for the time and all that it encompasses. Wonderful depth and insight!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Latham on May 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books dealing with the Civil War. This book is reminiscent of James MacPhearson's book Why We Fought.
The book is most revealing because not only does it provide primary sources (letters from a soldier to his family over a fifteen-month time span), but also it has response letters from his family, revealing the concerns, sacrifices and dedication of both those at the battles and those at home. It provides us with a window on military history and mid-nineteenth century society.
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