War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 23, 2008 - History - 512 pages
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In 1998, Andrew Carroll founded the Legacy Project, with the goal of remembering Americans who have served their nation and preserving their letters for posterity. Since then, over 50,000 letters have poured in from around the country. Nearly two hundred of them comprise this amazing collection -- including never-before-published letters that appear in the new afterword.

Here are letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf war, Somalia, and Bosnia -- dramatic eyewitness accounts from the front lines, poignant expressions of love for family and country, insightful reflections on the nature of warfare. Amid the voices of common soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors, nurses, journalists, spies, and chaplains are letters by such legendary figures as Gen. William T. Sherman, Clara Barton, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernie Pyle, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Julia Child, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. Collected in War Letters, they are an astonishing historical record, a powerful tribute to those who fought, and a celebration of the enduring power of letters.
 

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Poignant letters from American servicemen and their families in the midst of war. Hindsight plays a major role in reading these letters. Many of the authors featured were dead by the time the ... Read full review

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I really liked this book because of the various types of correspondence included in it. It allows the reader to get a different perspective of war. Read full review

Contents

Pfc Richard Cowan Just Before the Battle of the Bulge Writes
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1st Lt James Carroll Jordan in a Letter to His Wife Details the Atrocities
270
2nd Lt Richard Wellbrock Chronicles His Remaining Days as a Prisoner
277
to Remind Her How Much He Loves Her Shares His Fears About
284
Pfc Richard King Recalls the Fighting on Saipan and Okinawa
300
Fireman Keith Lynch Describes to His Parents the Dead City
310
Stationed in Japan Sgt Richard Leonard Explains to His Friend
317
Shot During One of the U S Armys First Major Defeats in Korea
323

Capt David Embree a Veteran of Numerous Battles Reflects in a Letter
91
Extended Correspondence
101
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107
In the Bitter Aftermath of the Civil War Union Soldier
117
Social Activist Jane Addams Warns President Woodrow Wilson
125
Ships Cook 3C Hugh Alexander Leslie Writes Home
131
In a Cable to Gen Peyton March Gen John BlackJack Pershing
139
On the Eve of the First Major U S Offensive at SaintMihiel
147
Goldie Marcellus Mails Her Husband Edward a Love Letter
154
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162
American Red Cross Nurse Maude B Fisher Writes to the Mother
170
Ned Black Visiting England in 1939 Relates to His Family in the United
182
President Roosevelt Receives an Extraordinary Appeal
188
Pvt Morton D Elevitch in Basic Training Informs His Mother
195
Maxine Meyers Working as a Welder Describes to Her Husband Nove
203
1st Lt Paul Skogsberg Flirts with a Beautiful War Nurse Named
210
Extended Correspondence
217
Lt Walter Schuette Sends His Newborn Daughter Anna Mary a Letter
226
Army Nurse Vera Lee Writes to Her Family About a Deadly
230
Gen George S Patton Jr Removed from the Main Action on DDay
238
Extended Correspondence
246
CPhM Fritz Houser Describes to His Parents the Critically Wounded
256
In a Letter Home Sgt John Wheeler Harshly Condemns the Communists
327
Writing from the Osaka Army Hospital Pvt Bob Hammond Describes
334
Extended Correspondence
342
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351
Ardith Morrisseau Gently Chastises Her Former Boyfriend Lt jg Carroll
358
Demoralized by His Experiences in Korea Pfc Jack Train
363
In a Letter to Reverend G A Zema Helen Keller Denies
369
Writing from Moscow Francis Gary Powers Sends His First Letter
381
The Sister of an Army Specialist Killed in Vietnam
391
In a Private Letter to Lt Col Lewis L Millet
398
Chaplain Ray W Stubbe Writes to His Parents from the Marine Base
406
In a Letter to His Parents L Cpl Stephen Daniel Laments the Death
412
in a Series of Short Descriptive Letters to Anxious Family Members Back
416
The Parents of Sandy Scheuer Receive a Series of Letters
426
Ambassador Graham A Martin Dispatches Three Urgent Telegrams
435
Sgt Tom Shaffer Jokes with His Friend Kathleen Williams
447
Capt Samuel G Putnam III Chronicles for His Wife and Family
453
Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf and Gen Colin Powell Console
463
1st Lt Erin Shuler Writes an Email from Bosnia to Her Family Back
469
Editors Note and Acknowledgments
489
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Page 26 - Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells, Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires. What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers...
Page 45 - I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
Page 20 - There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
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Andrew Carroll is the editor of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a Nation and War Letters. Visit www.warletters.com.

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