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An East Texas Family's Civil War - The Letters of Nancy and William Whatley, May-December 1862 (Hardcover, Annotated edition) Loot Price: R830
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An East Texas Family's Civil War - The Letters of Nancy and William Whatley, May-December 1862 (Hardcover, Annotated...

An East Texas Family's Civil War - The Letters of Nancy and William Whatley, May-December 1862 (Hardcover, Annotated edition)

John T Whatley, Jacqueline Jones

Series: Library of Southern Civilization

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During six months in 1862, William Jefferson Whatley and his wife, Nancy Falkaday Watkins Whatley, exchanged a series of letters that vividly demonstrate the quickly changing roles of women whose husbands left home to fight in the Civil War. When William Whatley enlisted with the Confederate Army in 1862, he left his young wife Nancy in charge of their cotton farm in East Texas, near the village of Caledonia in Rusk County. In letters to her husband, Nancy describes in elaborate detail how she dealt with and felt about her new role, which thrust her into an array of unfamiliar duties, including dealing with increasingly unruly slaves, overseeing the harvest of the cotton crop, and negotiating business transactions with unscrupulous neighbors. At the same time, she carried on her traditional family duties and tended to their four young children during frequent epidemics of measles and diphtheria. Stationed hundreds of miles away, her husband could only offer her advice, sympathy, and shared frustration. In An East Texas Family's Civil War, the Whatleys' great-grandson, John T. Whatley, transcribes and annotates these letters for the first time. Notable for their descriptions of the unraveling of the local slave labor system and accounts of rural southern life, Nancy's letters offer a rare window on the hardships faced by women on the home front taking on unprecedented responsibilities and filling unfamiliar roles.

General

Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Library of Southern Civilization
Release date: March 2019
Contributors: John T Whatley • Jacqueline Jones
Dimensions: 229 x 224 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 200
Edition: Annotated edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-8071-7069-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Slavery & emancipation
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Civil war
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
LSN: 0-8071-7069-0
Barcode: 9780807170694

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