“ Well, my Dear, I am home by my lone self to night except the children, and they are all a sleep and know not what trouble is. You cant imagine how I feel. It is so lonsome. If you could be with me to night, how diferent I would feel but that can not be. I have been at work on the door to night, trying to fix it so I could bar it up, and I got it fixt so I could fasten it. I have been propping it up until I got tired of it, and I was afraid to lie down at night with the door open.”
—Excerpt from a letter written by Emily Beck Moxley
“ Cutrer uses a good mix of primary and secondary material to annotate the collection. The introductions to each of the eight chapters . . . provide a short but useful guide to the letters that follow. Cutrer has left the letters as he found them. His editing explains content and does not detract from the feel of the collection. . . . For the scholar or popular reader who understands the connection between home front and battlefield, this collection is a gem.”
—Military History of the West
About the Author
Thomas William Cutrer is a Professor of American Studies at Arizona State University, West Campus. He has edited two prior collections of Civil War letters, including Brothers in Gray: The Civil War Letters of the Pierson Family.