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Southern Sons, Northern Soldiers
The Civil War Letters of the Remley Brothers, 22nd Iowa Infantry
Edited by Julie Holcomb
Introduction by Steven E. Woodworth
"Historians who understand the value of seeing the war through the eyes of the participants will find no better opportunity to do so than in this wonderful collection of correspondence."—The Journal of Military History
"The beauty of such a volume is the reader is brought close to the history being made by the men who fought the battles. It is the ultimate oral history and personal recollections that are so important in the understanding of what war really is and how ordinary human beings suffer through each moment of their making of that history."—The Civil War Courier
"Superbly edited ... makes a vital contribution to Civil War studies. The brothers' literacy and knack for language greatly aid the effects of this book."—H-Net
When Abraham Lincoln called for 300,000 volunteers to fortify Union forces in July 1862, George and Lycurgus Remley enlisted to serve God and country—and for them, this phrase had real meaning. When their native Virginia had become a hostile environment for men speaking out against the evils of slavery, the Remley family had taken refuge in the Midwest. Answering the call of their president and their consciences, the two brothers joined the 22nd Iowa Infantry. This poignant collection of their letters to and from home sharply portrays the human costs of the Civil War.
(2004) 216 pp.
Julie Holcomb is the College and Special Collections Archivist at Navarro College in Corsicana and has published articles on America's Civil War.
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