These 90 letters, chronologically arranged from the onset of hostilities in 1861 to the assassination of Lincoln in 1865 are startling, often moving documents of the Civil War, written on its battlefields by combatants from both sides. The letters accomplish what few histories can: they convey the war from the ground up, through the stunned or hardened eyes of the men who fought it. And they record the war's impact on those men with the immediacy of a bullet.
In "The Brother's War" a soldier recalls the exact timbre of a Minnie ball hurtling past a man's head, "like the single buzz of a bumble bee." A reluctant conscript begs his father to hire a substitute to take his place. A Confederate captain has pity on a hungry Yankee prisoner and taes him out for breakfast-on the condition that he promise not to run away. Illustrated with rare archival photographs, this book is a powerful account of the years that tore America in half.
...taken from the back cover of the book