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The Resource When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster, edited with an introduction by David W. Blight

When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster, edited with an introduction by David W. Blight

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When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster
Title
When this cruel war is over
Title remainder
the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster
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edited with an introduction by David W. Blight
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Language
eng
Summary
"I am scared most to death every battle we have, but I don't think you need be afraid of my sneaking away unhurt." Thus wrote Adjutant Charles Harvey Brewster of the 10th Massachusetts to his sister Martha in 1864, in one of over 200 letters he would pen during his four years of service. Born and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, Brewster was a twenty-seven-year-old store clerk when he enlisted in Company C of the 10th Massachusetts Volunteers in April 1861. During the next three and a half years he fought in many of the major battles of the Virginia campaigns--Fair Oaks, the Seven Days, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, the "Bloody Angle" at Spotsylvania--rising through the ranks to become second lieutenant and later adjutant of his regiment. His letters, most of which were written to his mother and two sisters, record not only the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield, but also his inner struggle with his own values, convictions, and sense of manhood. In a thoughtful and illuminating introductory essay, David W. Blight explores the evolution of Brewster's understanding of the terrible conflict in which he was engaged. Blight shows how Brewster's attitudes toward race and slavery gradually changed, in part as a result of his contact with escaped slaves and his experience recruiting black troops. He also examines the shift in Brewster's conception of courage, as the realities of war collided with the romantic ideals he had previously embraced. This recently discovered and exceptionally literate collection of 137 letters chronicles the experiences of an ordinary Union soldier caught up in extraordinary events. At times naive and sentimental, at times mature and realistic, Brewster's correspondence not only provides remarkable insight into the meaning of the Civil War for the average Yankee, but also testifies to the persistent power of war to attract and repel the human imagination
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digitized
Biography type
autobiography
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N$T
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1833-1893
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Brewster, Charles Harvey
Dewey number
  • 973.7/444/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
English
LC call number
E513.5 10th
LC item number
.B74 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Blight, David W
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  • Brewster, Charles Harvey
  • United States
  • United States
  • Massachusetts
  • Soldiers
  • Brewster, Charles Harvey
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Soldiers
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
  • Burgeroorlogen
  • Amerikaanse burgeroorlog
  • Amerikanska inbördeskriget 1861-1865
  • United States - General
  • Regions & Countries - Americas
  • History & Archaeology
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When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster, edited with an introduction by David W. Blight
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface / James M. Parsons -- My commission: July 1861-January 1862 -- My contraband: January-March 1862 -- Oh it was a fearful, fearful sight: March-July 1862 -- I don't know where it is all to end: September 1862-March 1863 -- We gained great glory but at what a sacrifice: April-September 1863 -- If my life is only spared: October 1863-February 1864 -- Terrible, terrible business: March-June 1864 -- Living among strangers: July-November 1864 -- Epilogue: Like everything else in this world war is "kinder mixed": letters from Mary Kate Brewster's Journals transcribed in 1893
Control code
45729642
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 366 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585254173
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45729642
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster, edited with an introduction by David W. Blight
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface / James M. Parsons -- My commission: July 1861-January 1862 -- My contraband: January-March 1862 -- Oh it was a fearful, fearful sight: March-July 1862 -- I don't know where it is all to end: September 1862-March 1863 -- We gained great glory but at what a sacrifice: April-September 1863 -- If my life is only spared: October 1863-February 1864 -- Terrible, terrible business: March-June 1864 -- Living among strangers: July-November 1864 -- Epilogue: Like everything else in this world war is "kinder mixed": letters from Mary Kate Brewster's Journals transcribed in 1893
Control code
45729642
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 366 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585254173
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45729642
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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