The longer the war lasted, the harder it was to find food on Southern tables. We often read about the soldier's fare, but what were they eating at home? I had the pleasure of reading some interesting accounts of Southern meals from 1865 written by Eliza Frances Andrews. Enjoy! "She had such a dinner as… Continue reading Civil War Letters: A Southern Dinner
One of the highlights to reading a journal is the brutally honest approach the author has when she believes no one will ever read her journal. I've had the pleasure of reading two journals written by women so far and will be sharing a few quotes from these ladies. I should warn you, that I've… Continue reading Civil War Letters: Honest Journal Entries
I've had the pleasure of reading and learning from Eliza Frances Andrews and her journal titled: The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl 1864-1865. I have so many highlighted sections that I want to bring to you, but today, I want to share a couple of excerpts with you on Eliza's experience in a divided… Continue reading Civil War Letters: The War at Home
Instead of focusing on one single letter, I'm bringing to you a collection of snippets from soldiers during the Civil War. I know that together, they'll paint an accurate picture. December 25, 1862: "This is Christmas, and my mind wanders back to that home made lonesome by my absence, while far away from the peace… Continue reading Christmas During the Civil War: From the Frontlines
The following excerpt was taken from: L. Virginia French's War Journal 1862-1865 Lucy Virginia Smith French was living in McMinnville, Tennessee during the war. Her journal tells the perspective of the Southern Homefront. Christmas 1862 "...On Tuesday evening Brooks Trezevant came to spend Christmas with us. He brought me as a Christmas gift 25 lbs… Continue reading Christmas During the Civil War: On the Homefront
To fully appreciate the following letter, you'd want to go back and read last month's post where I shared a very special letter from Agnes Lee. Agnes was under some heavy conviction and while she wrestled with these things, she penned a letter to her mother seeking advice and clarity. Her mother then wrote back,… Continue reading Nothing New Under the Sun: A Mother’s Heart
I've never known a man to own up to being so petty, and yet here it is in the man's own handwriting! Lol Enjoy! "...I received your letter yesterday and had only one fault to find with that was it was too short. You gave me a great deal of news nevertheless. I suppose by… Continue reading Civil War Letters: Jealous Rivals
Testimonies differ from person to person, but there are some basic elements that are standard for conversion.
While writing Civil War Fiction, I spend a lot of time reading real letters and journals that were written during the war. I've found some of the most amazing stuff. You can click on the Civil War Letters tag on this page to read the collection of letters I've shared so far. Today, I want… Continue reading Civil War Letters: Hardtack, Bacon, and Maggots! Oh My!
Read a timeless letter from a father to a daughter, written by one of the war's most famous generals.