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The Civil War letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell : a chaplain's story

Author: Joseph Hopkins Twichell; Peter B Messent; Steve Courtney
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1861 young Joseph Twichell cut short his seminary studies to become a Union Army chaplain in New York's Excelsior Brigade. A middle-class New England Protestant, Twichell served for three years in a regiment manned mostly by poor Irish American Catholics. This selection of Twichell's letters to his Connecticut family will rank him alongside the Civil War's most literate and insightful firsthand chroniclers of
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Joseph Hopkins Twichell; Joseph Hopkins Twichell
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Hopkins Twichell; Peter B Messent; Steve Courtney
ISBN: 9780820326931 0820326933
OCLC Number: 61151499
Description: xi, 333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: April 1861-July 1861: "this ... regiment, composed as it is of rough, wicked men" --
July 1861-March 1862: "battle fields are not far off" --
April-August 1862: "sin entered into the world and death through sin' kept ringing through my brain" --
August-December, 1862: "if I mistake not there is a general falling back" --
January-April 1863: "I come face to face with the hard, bitter fact" --
May-July 1863: "thousands of souls have been called to sudden judgment" --
August-December 1863: "never can we forget the year 1863" --
January-July 1864: "I have been up to my elbows in blood" --
Afterword: the Lee ivy.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Messent and Steve Courtney.
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