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"Write Quick": War and a Woman's Life in Letters, 1835-1867

ISBN: 9780978973698
Publisher: Winoca Press
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Number of pages: 572
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The selected correspondence of three New England figures during the American Civil War (Andrew Jackson Bean [1828-1919] of Maine, his sister Eliza Howard Bean Foster [1835-1867], and her husband Henry Charles Foster [1834-1864] of Vermont and Massachusetts) is presented in the context of their time and culture, along with excerpts of Eliza Foster's wartime diary, to provide an intimate portrait of the Union woman's experience during the Civil War. Illustrated with more than 50 original documents and photographs, the volume traces Eliza's life from her experiences as a single woman employed as a "mill girl" in antebellum New England, to young married woman and mother, to war widow and, ultimately, a victim of consumption. "Write Quick" presents a valuable case history of a Northern woman through her own words and the lens of her contemporaries.

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