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Wanted—Correspondence : Women's Letters to a Union Soldier

By: Rhoades, Nancy L.
Contributor(s): Bailey, Lucy E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2009Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (441 p.).ISBN: 9780821443248.Subject(s): Letter writing -- Social aspects -- United States -- Sources | Lybarger, Edwin Lewis, 1840-1924 -- Correspondence | Ohio -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects -- Sources | Ohio -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women -- Sources | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects -- Sources | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- War work -- Sources | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women -- Sources | Women -- Ohio -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Sources | Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- SourcesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Wanted—Correspondence : Women’s Letters to a Union SoldierDDC classification: 973.7092 | 973.70922771 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Bold Script and War Work; Women's Letters to Edwin Lewis Lybarger,1862-67; Appendix: Biographical Sketch of Edwin Lewis Lybarger (SEPTEMBER 29, 1840-JUNE 27, 1924); Notes; Bibliography; Index of Correspondents; General Index
Summary: Wanted-Correspondence is a unique collection of more than 150 letters written to an Ohio serviceman during the American Civil War offers glimpses of women's lives as they waited, worked, and wrote from the Ohio home front. The letters reveal fascinating details of the lives of mostly young, single women-friends, acquaintances, love interests, and strangers who responded to one Union soldier's advertisement for cor respondents. Almost all of the women who responded to Lieutenant Edwin Lewis Lybarger's lonely-hearts newspaper advertisement lived in Ohio and supported the Union. Lybarger carried the collection of letters throughout three years of military service, preserved them through his life, and left them to be discovered in an attic trunk more than a century after Lee's surrender. Women's letter writing functioned as a form of "war work" that bolstered the spirits of enlisted men and "kinship work" that helped forge romantic relationships and sustain community bonds across the miles. While men's letters and diaries abound in Civil War history, less readily available are comprehensive collections of letters from middle-class and rural women that survived the weathering of marches, camp life, and battles to emerge unscathed from men's knapsacks at war's end. The collection is accompanied by a detailed editorial introduction that highlights significant themes in the letters. Together, they contribute to the still-unfolding historical knowledge concerning Northern women's lives and experiences during this significant period in American history.
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Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Bold Script and War Work; Women's Letters to Edwin Lewis Lybarger,1862-67; Appendix: Biographical Sketch of Edwin Lewis Lybarger (SEPTEMBER 29, 1840-JUNE 27, 1924); Notes; Bibliography; Index of Correspondents; General Index

Wanted-Correspondence is a unique collection of more than 150 letters written to an Ohio serviceman during the American Civil War offers glimpses of women's lives as they waited, worked, and wrote from the Ohio home front. The letters reveal fascinating details of the lives of mostly young, single women-friends, acquaintances, love interests, and strangers who responded to one Union soldier's advertisement for cor respondents. Almost all of the women who responded to Lieutenant Edwin Lewis Lybarger's lonely-hearts newspaper advertisement lived in Ohio and supported the Union. Lybarger carried the collection of letters throughout three years of military service, preserved them through his life, and left them to be discovered in an attic trunk more than a century after Lee's surrender. Women's letter writing functioned as a form of "war work" that bolstered the spirits of enlisted men and "kinship work" that helped forge romantic relationships and sustain community bonds across the miles. While men's letters and diaries abound in Civil War history, less readily available are comprehensive collections of letters from middle-class and rural women that survived the weathering of marches, camp life, and battles to emerge unscathed from men's knapsacks at war's end. The collection is accompanied by a detailed editorial introduction that highlights significant themes in the letters. Together, they contribute to the still-unfolding historical knowledge concerning Northern women's lives and experiences during this significant period in American history.

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During the Civil War, it was not uncommon for lonely soldiers to advertise in newspapers for correspondents-and Ohio soldier Lewis Lybarger had uncommon success. His preserved collection of over 150 letters he received are full of daily life, passion, and travails, giving us an intriguing glimpse of the women's side of wartime. An excellent choice for Civil War collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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