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"Letters from a Shoebox" by Jim Dohren is a compilation of letters from three soldiers and five young women who live in the soldiers' home town of New Cumberland, Ohio in the years 1862-1865. Two of the letter writers, John and David Huffman are school teacher brothers who enlist in the 85th IVI. The third soldier writer is Wm. Bowman, a 19-year old (possibly as young as 16) who enlists in the storied 126 OVI. He is captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and survives Libby and Andersonville Prisons. He writes a letter from the latter. The girl's and woman's letters are full of news of home, concerns for the boys in service and fascinating gossip. The author has included literal transcriptions of the 22 letters plus the results of his research and personal reflections. The book is available at Amazon or from Sunbury Press bookstore.
James, thank you for telling us about your new book. It sounds fascinating.
You book sounds wonderful, James. Primary sources are the "ultimate" in research and are perfect for achieving a good viewpoint in how things really stood - this looks like a winner! I'll look for it -
thanks for posting!
Thanks for alerting us to your book, Mr. Dohren. I love "snooping" into the letters and thoughts of those who served during this era. You learn so much about what lives were like back then. Congratulations and best wishes for many sales of your work.
Thanks James!
James this looks great. I have always found that when history can be seen through personal experience there is a much more rewarding learning experience. I for one, when growing up, could hear numerous accounts of a specific subject; whether it was lectured or read, and walk away retaining portions of it. But, when a teacher read specific quotes or actual news and exerpts from diaries; those intimate moments always stayed with me.
(10-15-2013 04:36 PM)James Dohren Wrote: [ -> ]"Letters from a Shoebox" by Jim Dohren is a compilation of letters from three soldiers and five young women who live in the soldiers' home town of New Cumberland, Ohio in the years 1862-1865. Two of the letter writers, John and David Huffman are school teacher brothers who enlist in the 85th IVI. The third soldier writer is Wm. Bowman, a 19-year old (possibly as young as 16) who enlists in the storied 126 OVI. He is captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and survives Libby and Andersonville Prisons. He writes a letter from the latter. The girl's and woman's letters are full of news of home, concerns for the boys in service and fascinating gossip. The author has included literal transcriptions of the 22 letters plus the results of his research and personal reflections. The book is available at Amazon or from Sunbury Press bookstore.
Congratulations on your book Mr. Dohren. Your book looks to be a very interesting read. I enjoy reading books that are told through the eyes of those who were there or relatives who were close to the actual people involved. I look forward to getting my copy. Thank you. Best Gary
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