After Chancellorsville Letters From The Heart Epub ¸

After Chancellorsville Letters From The Heart Emma Randolph a young woman not yet twenty wrote poignant letters to her distant cousin Private Walter G Dunn of the 11th New Jersey Infantry as he lay in a crowded filthy hospital ward during the Civil War after suffering the carnage of the battle of Chancellorsville There barely recovered he aided overworked surgeons when the Gettysburg wounded poured into the city and regularly took up his pen Their correspondence related everyday events that became history

  • Paperback
  • 278 pages
  • After Chancellorsville Letters From The Heart
  • Walter G. Dunn
  • English
  • 22 October 2014
  • 9780938420620

6 thoughts on “After Chancellorsville Letters From The Heart

  1. booklady booklady says:

    I’m not big on “romances” – fake ones that is – but REAL ones now that’s another story altogether This is the real deal and it is very sweet not saccharin sweet either but old fashioned patient love never fails the gentleman woos his lady kind of romance Ah Now this is my kind of romance 3 I listened to the Blackstone audio edition of this book which enhanced my enjoyment and appreciation of the story by bringing to life the personalities of Walter G Dunn and Emma Randolph from all those years ago Although we are separated from them by over 150 years we can still empathize with their longing admire their perseverance and emulate their fortitude in the face of so much adversity even as we laugh along with them at the little foibles and jokes they share Emma writes of family and domestic life sermons births funerals and strawberry festivals Walter writes of his surgery horrendous conditions at the hospitals long hours doing paperwork opportunities to go for a horseback ride walk or some other recreation and his many efforts to get furlough But mostly they write unconsciously aware of their growing feelings for each other as their relationship goes from friendship to tentative courtship to delicate romance to tender engagement and deep love all the while continuing to laugh as friends and write write write Ultimately they were apologizing for not writing or better wishing always they could be together as eventually they were In so many ways they are so young eternally young and yet at the same time also so much mature and wise even than many who are senior citizens todayIt is a very insightful and beautiful love story Highly recommendedAs an aside it is interesting to note how the use of language has evolved since 1865 For example our concept of ‘political correctness’ would no doubt would have mystified our ancestors as evidenced by Emma’s uestion to Walter immediately following his operation to have the mini ball removed “How’s my dear cripple?” – the term ‘cripple’ not being seen as derogatory but only as a state of being in recovery or less than 100% health a condition to which we are all likely to succumb at some point in our lives It makes one wonder if somethingsome fear in our own age makes us unable or unwilling to face this reality Both Emma and Walter discuss the reality and inevitability of death—their own each other's and those occurring all around them—throughout their correspondence—with frank acceptance and no trace of morbid fascination or resignation Considering the times and what they endured these letters make the most cheerful and uplifting reading I have encountered between young people in a long time

  2. Sarah Bierle Sarah Bierle says:

    A special publication with letters for a Union soldier and his fiancee transcribed and printed in the order they were written It's like reading a private conversation and courtship; the respect and insight is remarkable Highly recommended

  3. Lynn Pribus Lynn Pribus says:

    A sweet tender and ultimately very moving book that is simply the letters of two friends who become sweethearts during the Civil War Walter is injured at Chancellorsville the battle detailed in THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE and spends the rest of his enlistment in Balti doing office workI was surprised at some of the phrases they used thinking them much modern something was A one; had the blues Walter was in a pickle There are references to Lincoln's assassination as well as every day happenings like a strawberry social at home in New Jersey or a game of cards with companions in BaltiAmused when he would declare his undying love then sign his unworthy epistle as Walter G Dunn Almost every letter had comments about itself or the letter to which it was replying with apologies for brevity or silliness or a delay Most also concluded with write again as soon as you can write immediately and such They would mention exactly when three in the afternoon on the Sabbath a letter was receivedA book to read over a period of time with time out for other books since there is no plot to follow I had an audio version with both a male and female narrator which was enjoyable Her letters are much filled with frivolous gossip about relatives and mutual friends while his portrayed the difficult circumstances of the military away from home especially when he undergoes subseuent surgery to remove and minie ball from his shoulderAll in all a very touching read

  4. Anna Anna says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook I love that they had a female and male voice for each of the people It really was an enjoyable experience

  5. ARLENE ARLENE says:

    I normally don't write reviews but this one I must say was very sweet

  6. WideningCircles WideningCircles says:

    Picked up on sale in Harper's Ferry during our Civic War Tour this summer You'll never guess how it ends

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