A Quaker Colonel, His Fiancée, and Their Connections: Selected Civil War Correspondence offers a Northern counterpart to the great collection of Southern family letters published in The Children of Pride. Featuring recently discovered historical material, the book offers a selection of correspondence written by two Pennsylvanians, and their family and friends, between 1861 and 1865. The chief letter writers, Charles Lamborn and Emma Taylor, came from well-connected families in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Their correspondence covers the early years of their courtship until their marriage, a period when Charlie was at the warfront. Charlie’s correspondence presents information about his military experiences, providing little known details of the early campaigns of the Army of the Potomac and of the fighting for Chattanooga and Atlanta. Emma’s letters describe life on the home front, illuminating how the war affected her household, town, and wider circle of family and friends in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York. Both Charles Lamborn and Emma Taylor embraced abolitionism and the war’s aim of emancipation. They believed that the pain they suffered during those years purified their love as it also purified the nation. In this volume, Dr. Smith has carefully transcribed, edited, and annotated the Lamborn-Taylor letters, providing important contextual information about both the larger developments in the war and the more localized sphere of Charlie’s and Emma’s lives.
Richard Upsher Smith, Jr. is retired professor of classics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Part I: 1861
Chapter 115 April 1861 - 18 August 1861
Letters 1 - 29
Chapter 219 August 1861 - 31 December 1861 (and 1 January 1862)
Letters 30 - 58
Part II: 1862
Chapter 33 February 1862 - 19 October 1862
Letters 59 - 87
Chapter 426 October 1862 - 31 December 1862
Letters 88 - 99
Part III: 1863
Chapter 58 January 1863 - 30 December 1863
Letters 100 - 112
Part IV: 1864
Chapter 65 January 1864 - 8 May 1864
Letters 113 - 152
Chapter 79 May 1864 - 31 July 1864
Letters 153 - 178
Chapter 81 August 1864 - 20 October 1864
Letters 179 - 204
Chapter 923 October 1864 - 31 December 1864 (and 1 January 1865)
Letters 205 - 237
Part V: 1865
Chapter 101 January 1865 - 17 February 1865
Letters 238 - 252
Chapter 1111 March 1865 - 27 June 1865
Letters 253 - 269
Meticulously preserved and arranged, this monumental archive of correspondence between a Pennsylvania officer and his fiancée promises to be an indispensable resource for scholars, researchers, and general readers seeking to understand the social history of the American Civil War. Highlighting the perspective of soldiers at war and their loved ones back home, this volume poignantly captures the suffering and sacrifice endured by the Union's defenders.
By happy accident, the Civil War letters published here—letters written by Pennsylvania natives, Emma Taylor and Charles Lamborn—escaped destruction and fell into the scholarly hands of Richard Upsher Smith, Jr. Thanks to Smith’s meticulous research and editorial skills, this volume offers readers new insights into the military, political, and social dynamics of the great war as it played out in Chester County and beyond.
The appendices for A Quaker Colonel, His Fiancée, and Their Connections can be downloaded.
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