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A Civil War Captain and His Lady: Love, Courtship, and Combat From Fort Donelson through the Vicksburg Campaign Hardcover – July 21, 2016
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"Walt Whitman famously wrote that 'the real war will never get into the books,' but we can get close to the 'real war' by reading and learning from those who lived it. Gene Barr's engaging and revealing collection of letters from Lincoln country directly links the battlefield with the home front. In the letters the personal became the political, as the captain and his lady share their wants and worries about the war and their own lives with ever greater intimacy, poignancy, and even practicality. One of the beauties of this fine collection is that it provides the give-and-take of a developing courtship and understandings between a soldier ever more caught up in war's terrors and a loved one at home ever more unsure of war's human costs. The focus here is also on the war's Western Theater, which has been so much less studied and appreciated. The result is a book that brings the "real" war into view in ways readers will not forget."
-- Randall M. Miller, professor of history, St. Joseph's University and editor of Lincoln & Leadership
"In this rare and remarkable collection of letters readers come to know two young lovers brought together and then separated by the exigencies of war. From their values and social customs to their spirituality and politics that divided the nation, communities, and even families, these letters provide us with a more comprehensive view of the fabric of everyday life in Civil War America and the yearning of soldiers and civilians for the return to a normalcy they all knew would be different when the guns fell silent. Coupled with expert annotation and rich narrative that place the letters in context, this work makes for a unique, enlightening, and most delightful read."
-- Terrence J. Winschel, Historian (ret.), Vicksburg National Military Park and author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, volumes I and II
"Gene Barr has produced a fascinating new book grounded upon a unique (and large) collection of letters and several previously unpublished sources including Frank Peats' commentary on Fort Donelson and Senator Lindsay's notes on the Vicksburg Campaign. The plot line is interesting, the dialogue crisp, and we meet the real Captain Josiah Moore, his love Jennie, and many of the brave men of the 17th Illinois Infantry. It is an important slice of the war readers rarely catch a glimpse of, let alone understand."
-- Scott Mingus, author (with Eric J. Wittenberg) of The Second Battle of Winchester
"Gene Barr has done students of the Civil War a great service in editing A Civil War Captain and His Lady. These letters reveal not only life at the front, but challenges at home for families of servicemen. This volume is a welcome addition to our understanding of the war as a whole."
-- Wayne E. Motts, author (with James A. Hessler and Steven A. Stanley) of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg
About the Author
Gene Barr is the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the largest broad-based business advocacy group in Pennsylvania. He has spent more than 40 years in the political and government affairs world, including more than twelve years with a Fortune 100 energy company. Barr is a board member and former chair of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA and spent many years engaged in Civil War living history events. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Mary.
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Gene Barr has authored a very well written book that is hard to put down because of the participants themselves and also that it reads easily flowing from Josiah and Jenne's written words while keeping you in touch with what is happening in the big picture of the war and it's commanders. Th author has researched the material well and references and sources many.
I thank Gene Barr for gathering all this information and putting into book form for others like myself to read and enjoy!
Josiah and Jennie Moore are also my Great Grandparents and I am very pleased to get a peek at their personalities as well as adding to my maternal family history. It is a real treat.
The letters document their courtship that took place over three years during the fighting. The 17th Illinois Infantry spent their time fighting in the Western theater. The collection of letters is from both individuals which is unusual. Their letters describe their developing assessments on religion and how the war impacted their faith. Interesting points are brought up concerning the evolving views of these two individuals and other soldiers involved in this work concerning the causes of the war, the fighting, abolition, emancipation, slavery, black people, and many other significant subjects facing the United States. Captain Moore wrote in great detail about his regiment; the 17th Illinois Infantry, and its battles fought at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg and the Meridian campaign which were the largest battles and campaigns in which he was engaged.
Barr makes an interesting point early in his manuscript that many of the volunteers in the North fought the war to preserve the Union like their ancestors who fought against King George 3rd and Great Britain in the American Revolution. He mentioned that one unnamed soldier felt that these northern men fought because they loved their government and the southerners fought because they hated the Federal government, President Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party and everyone who was trying to take away their way of life. The author makes an important connection that the Confederates also believed they were fighting for liberty and independence. This writer shows great insight in indicating that even those whites who supported abolition often did not view blacks as social equals. After Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 went in effect, nearly 200,000 black soldiers and sailors fought bravely and played a significant role in the Federal’s winning the Civil War. By the end of this conflict many men fighting for the Union changed their minds about blacks fighting in the war and how it helped defeat the Confederate States of America.
Savas-Beatie has published another good volume dealing with “Love, Courtship, and Combat from Fort Donelson through the Vicksburg Campaign. The 360 page title contains 36 helpful images throughout the text for the convenience of the reader. Cartographer Hal Jespersen produced a series of 10 clear, concise and detailed maps which will be most useful to all students and enthusiasts reading this treatment in their armchairs. Additionally, this publication includes an index, a comprehensive bibliography, and an enlightening interview with the author. Barr was helped in his writing process by Dr. Randall Miller, Bob McVety, Wayne Motts, Jim Oakes and Chandra Manning.
The detail in these letters with the larger context of the time period is what makes this a good read plus the unpublished material on the 17th Illinois. The writer provided readers an opportunity to understand the role that women played on the home front and how important they were to the morale of the men fighting in this conflict men fighting. Barr explains what happened to these two individuals after the war and points out how the view of the war changed over time among Americans in the decades after 1865 as well as the difficulties for the individuals that were freed from slavery.
This tome is readable, interesting and a real page turner. The writer provides some background information on the participants and uses their own words where appropriate. This reviewer recommends this narrative.