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The Whartons' War

The Civil War Correspondence of General Gabriel C. Wharton and Anne Radford Wharton, 1863–1865

William C. Davis

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 05/2022
Pages: 456
Subject: History, Literary Collections
Print ISBN: 9781469668291
eBook ISBN: 9781469667713


Between March 1863 and July 1865, Confederate newlyweds Brigadier General Gabriel C. Wharton and Anne Radford Wharton wrote 524 letters, and all survived, unknown until now. Separated by twenty years in age and differing opinions on myriad subjects, these educated and articulate Confederates wrote frankly and perceptively on their &8239;Civil War &8239;world. Sharing opinions on generals and politicians, the course of the war, the fate of the Confederacy, life at home, and their wavering loyalties, the &8239;Whartons &8239;explored the shifting gender roles brought on by war, changing relations between slave owners and enslaved people, the challenges of life behind Confederate lines, the pain of familial loss, the definitions of duty and honor, and more.&8239;&8239;

Featuring one of the fullest &8239;known &8239;sets of correspondence by a high-level officer and his wife, this volume reveals the &8239;Whartons' wartime experience from their courtship in the spring of 1863 to June 1865, when Gabriel Wharton swore loyalty to the United States and accepted parole before returning home. William C. Davis and Sue Heth Bell's thoughtful editing guides readers into this world of experience and its ongoing historical relevance.