AFTER languishing in cabinets for over a hundred years, the Civil War letters of Capt. Francis D. and Rebecca Cox Lincoln are now brought to light, representing a generation of couples caught up in the maelstrom of the Civil War. Frank's detailed letters to his family record a vivid picture of camp life and conflict, travel, and disease in eastern North Carolina. More remarkably, his wife Rebecca's letters show both the daily routine of the central Massachusetts town of Brimfield and the war's effect. This book uncovers the hopes and anxieties of the Lincolns, their neighbors, and their community: husbands in danger and distress far from home and families; wives left behind to manage farms and businesses while waiting anxiously for letters; children missing their fathers' guidance and security; and a community facing loss, hardship, and the uncertainty of life in wartime.
6" x 9" paperback, 174 pages, $17.95
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