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Go if you think it your duty : a Minnesota couple's Civil War letters

Author: James Madison Bowler; Elizabeth Caleff Bowler; Andrea R Foroughi; Minnesota Historical Society.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During the American Civil War, James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler courted, married, became parents, and bought a farm. They attended dances, talked politics, and confided their deepest fears. Because of the war, however, they experienced almost all of these events separately, sharing them through hundreds of letters from 1861 to 1865 while Madison served in the Third Minnesota Volunteer Regiment and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: James Madison Bowler; Elizabeth Caleff Bowler; Elizabeth Caleff Bowler; James Madison Bowler
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Madison Bowler; Elizabeth Caleff Bowler; Andrea R Foroughi; Minnesota Historical Society.
ISBN: 9780873516006 0873516001
OCLC Number: 164570682
Notes: Letters between James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler.
Description: x, 336 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Prologue --
1. My dear ... yours ever --
2. I wish you could be here to-day with me --
3. Anxious to hear from you ... more anxious to see you --
4. My dear wife ... dearest Hubby --
5. I hope you will soon have the pleasure of visiting your family --
6. Do, Libby, look on the bright side of things --
7. I sincerely wish you could make up your mind to come here --
Epilogue --
Appendix --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: [edited by] Andrea R. Foroughi.
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"During the American Civil War, James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler courted, married, became parents, and bought a farm. They attended dances, talked politics, and confided their deepest fears. Because of the war, however, they experienced almost all of these events separately, sharing them through hundreds of letters from 1861 to 1865 while Madison served in the Third Minnesota Volunteer Regiment and Lizzie stayed in Nininger, Minnesota. In four years, they spent only twelve weeks under the same roof." "The couple's separation - during which Madison's regiment was involved in the infamous surrender at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and the Dakota War of 1862 - challenged their commitment to the war and to each other. Madison was steered by his sense of duty. Lizzie agreed that her husband should enlist, but over the course of four years - and after the birth of their daughter - she increasingly felt that his duty to country should come second to the needs of their family." "These letters provide the Bowlers a space to voice their fear for and frustration with each other, and they now provide readers with a window into one couple's Civil War."--Jacket.

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