Catalog

Record Details

Catalog Search



I remain yours : common lives in Civil War letters / Christopher Hager.

Image of item

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Lincoln Heritage PL - Dale Main Library IND 973 HAG (Text) 70743000163085 Indiana Room Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780674737648
  • ISBN: 0674737644
  • Physical Description: 336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-321) and index.
Summary, etc.:
When North and South went to war, millions of American families endured their first long separation. For men in the armies--and their wives, children, parents, and siblings at home--letter writing was the sole means to communicate. Yet for many of these Union and Confederate families, taking pen to paper was a new and daunting task. I Remain Yours narrates the Civil War from the perspective of ordinary people who had to figure out how to salve the emotional strain of war and sustain their closest relationships using only the written word. Christopher Hager presents an intimate history of the Civil War through the interlaced stories of common soldiers and their families. The previously overlooked words of a carpenter from Indiana, an illiterate teenager from Connecticut, a grieving mother in the mountains of North Carolina, and a blacksmith's daughter on the Iowa prairie reveal through their awkward script and expression the personal toll of war. Is my son alive or dead? Returning soon or never? Can I find words for the horrors I've seen or the loneliness I feel? Fear, loss, and upheaval stalked the lives of Americans straining to connect the battlefront to those they left behind. Hager shows how relatively uneducated men and women made this new means of communication their own, turning writing into an essential medium for sustaining relationships and a sense of belonging. Letter writing changed them and they in turn transformed the culture of letters into a popular, democratic mode of communication.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Letter writing > United States > History.
Soldiers > United States > Correspondence.
Working class > United States > History > Correspondence.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Sources.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Personal narratives.

Additional Resources