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by Dick and Tally Simpson,Edward W. Simpson,Guy R. Everson

In April 1861, Dick and Tally Simpson, sons of South Carolina Congressman Richard F. Simpson, enlisted in Company A of the Third South Carolina Volunteers of the Confederate army. Their letters home--published here for the first time--read like a historical novel, complete with plot, romance, character, suspense, and tragedy. In their last year of college when the war broke out, Dick and Tally were hastily handed their diplomas so they could volunteer for military duty. Dick was twenty; Tally was twenty-two. Well educated, intelligent, and thoughtful young men, Dick and Tally cared deeply for their country, their family, and their comrades-in-arms and wrote frequently to their loved ones in Pendleton, South Carolina, offering firsthand accounts of dramatic events from the battle of First Manassas in July 1861 to the battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. Their letters provide a picture of war as it was actually experienced at the time, not as it was remembered some twenty or thirty years later. It is a picture that neither glorifies war nor condemns it, but simply "tells it like it is." Written to a number of different people, the boys' letters home dealt with a number of different subjects. Letters to "Pa" went into great detail about military matters in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia--troop movements, casualties, and how well particular units had fought; letters to "Ma" and sisters Anna and Mary were about camp life and family friends in the army and usually included requests for much-needed food and clothing; letters to Aunt Caroline and her daughter Carrie usually concerned affairs of the heart, for Aunt Caroline continued to be Dick and Tally's trusted confidante, even when they were "far, far from home." The value of these letters lies not so much in the detailed information they provide as in the overall picture they convey--a picture of how one Southern family, for better or for worse, at home and at the front--coped with the experience of war. These are not wartime reminiscences, but wartime letters, written from the camp, the battlefield, the hospital bed, the picket line--wherever the boys happened to be when they found time to write home. It is a poignant picture of war as it was actually experienced in the South as the Civil War unfolded.
Download "Far, Far From Home": The Wartime Letters of Dick and Tally Simpson, Third South Carolina Volunteers epub
ISBN: 0195086643
ISBN13: 978-0195086645
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Dick and Tally Simpson,Edward W. Simpson,Guy R. Everson
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 9, 1994)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1233 kb
FB2 size: 1998 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 262
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Very informative. Prompt delivery.
Mr Freeman
Interesting and well written book.
I must admit to being slightly prejudiced about this book. I stumbled on it during an ancestor search and found some of my relatives within the pages...Taliferro and Broyles. It was a great read and provided so much first hand insight into what it was like to live during the Civil War.I am so thankful that the authors thought the material was worthy of a book. I am sharing it with other family members.
This is an extraordinary book, which gives the reader such great insight into the Civil War from a southern point of view. We have gotten used to the term "inbedded journalists" and here we have letters written by a soldier, and an articulate one at that, filling in all the blanks from a uniquely personal perspective. This was truly one of the most tragic wars ever fought.
This book was very wonderfully written. It was an amazing compliation of letters from home of a Civil War soldier. Just a terrific insight into the life of the 1860s and their war experiences. Every person that loves history, would love this true story.
Seemed to be stolen from a library, I bought it to be a gift.
This happens to be my fathers book, however I am compelled to comment despite my potential bias.
Firstly, the authors are Edward W. Simpson Jr. and Guy R. Everson (ie. not R.W. Simpson - he was a historical figure in the book). Dad found the letters hidden in a storage chest. He transcribed them over a period of four years and both authors spent another 3 years documenting the accuracy of the movements. Secondly, I am pleased to say it is truly one of the most wonderful bits of history that actually reads like a novel (important for me because I am not a Civil War buff). The story was a compilation of letters, written by a soldier dipicting everything from grand strategy, individual combat, to challenging personal experiences. The Simpson brothers (ie. the letter writters) served in Longstreets Corps under Robert E. Lee, in the Army of Northern Virginia. I am amazed at the courage that war required and how the letters capture the essence, the struggle, and the pathos of our Civil War.