Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry

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University of Wisconsin Press
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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.2 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has written or edited thirty-one books, including An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865-1918; Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and The American Negro; Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops; Soldiering For Freedom: How the Union Army Recruited, Trained, and Deployed the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War;and We Ask Only for Even-Handed Justice: Black Voices from Reconstruction.


"Young's rich lode of testimony illuminates Civil War military service. His letters reveal the centrality of the Union to northern motivation, the complex relationship between U.S. soldiers and emancipation, and the powerful ties between armies and the home front."--Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War
"Among the many collections of Civil War correspondence, these letters stand out for their honesty about the hard realities of war that tested one's faith and fealty to 'the cause, ' and the maturing ideas about what it meant to be a man. Dear Delia will repay many readings for anyone wanting to know how and why the war mattered to those who fought it."--Randall M. Miller, co-author of The Northern Home Front during the Civil War
"Young's letters offer some of the most stunningly honest opinions and detailed descriptions ever produced by a Union soldier. The letters are expertly presented and explained by the editors, offering unusually rich insights into the most important dimensions of the Civil War."--T. Michael Parrish, Baylor University
"This revealing collection of letters is one of the best windows one will ever find into the everyday reality and the horror of the Civil War. Larson and Smith illuminate this remarkable story; the letters themselves take us deep into Young's values, honesty, racial views, contempt for slackers and civilians, and almost unfathomable determination to stay to the end to save the Union."--David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom