The Resource "Dear Friend Anna" : the Civil War letters of a common soldier from Maine, edited by Beverly Hayes Kallgren and James L. Crouthamel

"Dear Friend Anna" : the Civil War letters of a common soldier from Maine, edited by Beverly Hayes Kallgren and James L. Crouthamel

Label
"Dear Friend Anna" : the Civil War letters of a common soldier from Maine
Title
"Dear Friend Anna"
Title remainder
the Civil War letters of a common soldier from Maine
Statement of responsibility
edited by Beverly Hayes Kallgren and James L. Crouthamel
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Language
eng
Summary
Abial Edwards was the third son of a wheelwright and carriage maker and himself a textile mill worker in Lewiston, Maine, when the Civil War began. In September 1861, at the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Tenth Maine Regiment. Discharged in 1863, Edwards soon reenlisted, serving in the Twenty-ninth Maine Regiment until June 1866. Throughout those years, Edwards maintained a steady correspondence with Anna Lucinda Conant of Portland, Maine, in a relationship that slowly deepened into warm affection and eventual marriage. While Edwards was a "common soldier," never rising above the rank of corporal, the diversity of his Civil War experience was remarkable. The war took him into the Shenandoah Valley under Nathaniel Banks and to the bloody battle of Antietam. In 1863 he served in Louisiana as part of the Red River campaign, later returning to the Shenandoah Valley under Philip Sheridan. With the war over, he served on garrison duty in occupied South Carolina for a year before being mustered out. During those years, he experienced danger, illness and discomfort, boredom, anguish at the destructive violence of war, and deep sorrow at the loss of friends. It was a solace to write home to Anna, and he did so frequently. To her he described these experiences and many more: meeting Ulysses S. Grant, catching a glimpse of Abraham Lincoln, riding proudly at the front of his regiment in the Grand Review at war's end. Anna Conant preserved Abial Edwards's letters and other papers; many years following her death her grandson discovered them in a family barn. The Civil War letters are published here in full, with careful attention to reproducing Edwards's exact wording, spelling, and punctuation. Historian James L. Crouthamel places the letters in historical context with introductory comments and explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1843-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Edwards, Abial Hall
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E511.5 29th
LC item number
.E39 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1931-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Edwards, Anna
  • Kallgren, Beverly Hayes
  • Crouthamel, James L.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Edwards, Abial Hall
  • Edwards, Anna
  • Edwards, Abial Hall
  • Edwards, Anna
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • American Civil War
  • Maine
  • United States
  • Maine
  • United States
  • Soldiers
  • Soldiers
Label
"Dear Friend Anna" : the Civil War letters of a common soldier from Maine, edited by Beverly Hayes Kallgren and James L. Crouthamel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 156-157) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 161 pages
Isbn
9780891010807
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
92008232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25633782
  • (OCoLC)ocm25633782
Label
"Dear Friend Anna" : the Civil War letters of a common soldier from Maine, edited by Beverly Hayes Kallgren and James L. Crouthamel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 156-157) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 161 pages
Isbn
9780891010807
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
92008232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25633782
  • (OCoLC)ocm25633782

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