American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

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The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries brings together more than 400 diaries, letters, and memoirs written by Northerners, Southerners, and foreign observers that reveal thousands of views on almost every aspect of the war. For the first time, users can see and compare the writings of politicians, generals, slaves, landowners, seamen, and spies. These first-person accounts were written for private consumption, and they provide detailed descriptions of historical characters, glimpses of daily life in the army, anecdotes about key events and personages, and tales of sufferings at home. Due to their private nature, they contain an immediacy and a richness that are unmatched in public sources. This collection includes over 100,000 pages of text, including 4,000 facsimile pages of previously unpublished manuscript material.

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Language:  English