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Furlough: The Civil War Diaries of Sarah Belle Bright and Charles Alexander Elder of Trenton, Tennessee 1861-1867, Andrew Hays


1 Furlough: The Civil War Diaries of Sarah Belle Bright and Charles Alexander Elder of Trenton, Tennessee 1861-1867
Andrew Hays
2008, 5½x8½, paper, 74 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
Charles Elder of Gibson County, Tennessee, was a twenty-three year old law student in the spring of 1861, when he decided he must do the right thing. He answered the South's call to duty and mustered with F Company of the 4th Tennessee Infantry, the West Tennessee Rifles. As daunting as the prospects of marching off to that terrible war must have seemed, there was one thing weighing even heavier on Charley's heart...he was madly in love with Belle Bright. Belle Bright was just eighteen that spring, and her heart was sinking at the thought of her boyish and charming suitor being lost in a war which knew no favorites, and was bound to be relentless and cruel. Should she marry Charley against her parents' wishes? Should she wait for Charley to return from war? Would he return? Andrew Hays has compiled the collective diaries of his great-great-grandparents along with historical references, photos and documents in one book. Furlough is the transcription of the personal journals Belle and Charley; each kept through their long separations, longings for furloughs, and blessed reunions throughout the American Civil War. Their letters were joyous and tragic and written with what seemed to be the souls of poets. As one reads their words, one can't help but be amazed by how descriptive, articulate and just plain beautiful such young people's words could be.
H4778 
Price: 13.00 USD

 
A Voyage Round The World By the Way of the Great South Sea, Perform’d in the Years 1719, 20, 21, 22, in the Speedwell of London, of 24 Guns and 100 Men, (under His Majesty’s Commission to cruize on the Spaniards in the late War with the Spanish Crown) till she was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandes, in May 1720; and afterwards continu’d in the Recovery, the Jesus Maria and Sacra Familia, Etc., Capt. George Shelvocke, Commander of the Speedwell, Recovery, &c. in this Expedition


2 A Voyage Round The World By the Way of the Great South Sea, Perform’d in the Years 1719, 20, 21, 22, in the Speedwell of London, of 24 Guns and 100 Men, (under His Majesty’s Commission to cruize on the Spaniards in the late War with the Spanish Crown) till she was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandes, in May 1720; and afterwards continu’d in the Recovery, the Jesus Maria and Sacra Familia, Etc.
Capt. George Shelvocke, Commander of the Speedwell, Recovery, &c. in this Expedition
(1726), 2003, 5½x8½, paper, 518 pp, Heritage Books
In 1718-9, the Success, commanded by Capt. Clipperton, expedition chief, and the Speed-well under Capt. Shelvocke set sail from England bound for the west coast of the Americas to take and seize Spanish ships. A terrifying tempest separated the two ships right at the start of this perilous adventure. Violent seas, a shipwreck and mutineers keep the pages turning! Readers can expect a faithful account of Shelvocke’s seafaring along the coasts of Chili, Peru and Mexico, along with descriptions of his inland expeditions, details of their survival on the Island of Juan Fernandes where they were shipwrecked, and remarks on the final passages to California and China on the return to England. The incident with the Albatross that inspired Coleridge’s “Ancient Mariner” occurred on this voyage. Historians and anyone that loves adventure tales will appreciate this exciting first-hand account, enhanced by transcripts of letters, a world map and a few illustrations.
S2341 
Price: 38.50 USD

 
 
The Diary of Caroline Seabury, 1854–1863, Caroline Seabury, edited with an Introduction by Suzanne L. Bunkers


3 The Diary of Caroline Seabury, 1854–1863
Caroline Seabury, edited with an Introduction by Suzanne L. Bunkers
paperback, University of Wisconsin Press

128741 
Price: 14.95 USD

 

 

4 CD: The Log of a Forty-Niner: Journal of a Voyage from Newbery-port to San Francisco in the Brig Genl Worth Commanded by Capt. Samuel Walton
Carolyn Hale Russ
(1923), 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac, v6, 214 pp, Heritage Books
Richard Hale's ancestors came from England to New England in pioneer days. Of the three brothers to leave England, his ancestor settled in Newbury. "From that sturdy stock came Nathan Hale, the 'martyr spy,' and back in England Sir Mathew Hale, famed as the only judge judging righteous judgment in an unrighteous time." In 1857 Richard married Hannah Sewell Perley, a descendant of Allen Perley who sailed for America in Governor Winthrop's fleet. Through his personal journal, Richard Hale tells not only his own adventures in a young San Francisco and in the wild, unsettled northwest, but also presents the history unfolding around him. Also included are illustrations made from pencil drawings by the author in his journal kept during his trip to and from the gold fields of California in 1849 to 1854.
CD3548 
Price: 15.95 USD

 
 
Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850, Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes


5 Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850
Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes
296 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

About Author
Kenneth L. Holmes is emeritus professor of history at Western Oregon State College. Anne M. Butler, a professor of history at Utah State University–Logan, is the author of Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West.

Reviews
“Kenneth L. Holmes made the very wise editorial decision not to update, revise, or parenthetically correct the quirky and often fascinating prose of these nineteenth-century women. . . . The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon . . . and it should be a gold mine for students of everyday life.”—John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly.*

“Covered Wagon Women is to be valued. . . . First, it brings together in a single edition a major collection of the diaries of overland women. . . . Second, this is probably the most perfectly documented edition a researcher will find.”—Lillian Schlissel, Pacific Historical Review.
27274X 
Price: 16.95 USD

 
Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851, Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes


6 Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851
Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes
291 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Expectations of gold, rich farmland, and healthful climate propelled some fifty thousand overlanders. Among the women making the trip west to California and Oregon in 1850 were six whose diaries and letters give distinction to the second volume of Covered Wagon Women. Margaret A. Frink notes the scarcity of women in the army of grizzled fortune seekers. Her extended journal is "one of the classics of American history," according to Kenneth L. Holmes. Frink describes preparations for the journey, lodging and camping along the way, landmarks, encounters with Indians, the problem of finding grass and water for the livestock, and early days in Sacramento. Like all the others going west in 1850, she is terrified by the cholera epidemic. A courageous young mother, Sarah Davis, counts the graves along the way. Mary M. Colby's record is a reminder of how women contributed to the family prosperity when they reached bountiful Oregon. Lucena Parsons, a bride, provides details about washing and cooking in the open air. Sophia Goodridge, the youngest daughter in a large Mormon family, charts the trip to Salt Lake. Anna Maria Morris travels to Santa Fe with the military unit commanded by her husband.

About Author
Kenneth L. Holmes is emeritus professor of history at Western Oregon State College. Lillian Schlissel is the author of Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey. She is a professor of English and director of the American Studies program at Brooklyn College.

Reviews
“Kenneth L. Holmes made the very wise editorial decision not to update, revise, or parenthetically correct the quirky and often fascinating prose of these nineteenth-century women. . . . The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon.”—John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly.
272871 
Price: 15.95 USD

 
 

 

7 I Seat Myself to Write you a Few Lines: Civil War and Homestead Letters from Thomas Lucas and Family
Dona Bayard Sauerburger and Thomas Lucas Bayard
(2002), 2007, 8½x11, paper, index, 2 vols., 448 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
From Civil War soldier to homesteader, the life of Thomas Lucas and those of his family members are revealed in this book through hundreds of letters written during a span of more than fifty years. Thomas and his wife Letty grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, but their lives were disrupted in 1861 when Civil War broke out. Thomas heeded the patriotic call, leaving his pregnant wife and their baby daughter Millie to serve for three years in the First Pennsylvania Cavalry. The first section of this book covers the Civil War years. Through 380letters written by, and written to, Thomas Lucas, readers can shareadventures and daily routines; eavesdrop on his deeply religious views;observe the people and the countryside devastated by war; and feel hisanguish at being separated from his family. The second section gives us eloquent descriptions of life after the war and the family's move west to Nebraska. Almost 150 letters and memoirs reveal stories of hard work, courtship, and raising families on the prairie, tragic death, memorable blizzards; newfangled farm machinery; friendly Indians; and lively descriptions of life as a prairie teacher by Thomas's daughter. The third section provides brief biographical sketches of Thomas Lucas, his family, and others who are featured in the letters. This section also has a family tree. Numerous photographs, maps, a bibliography, an appendix, and a fullname plus subject index enhance the text.
S4167 
Price: 62.00 USD

 
The Mountains We Have Crossed: Diaries and Letters of the Oregon Mission, 1838, Edited by Clifford M. Drury Introduction by Bonnie Sue Lewis


8 The Mountains We Have Crossed: Diaries and Letters of the Oregon Mission, 1838
Edited by Clifford M. Drury Introduction by Bonnie Sue Lewis
332 pages, Illus., maps., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Four newlywed couples, along with one single man, were sent to Oregon in 1838 to reinforce the two-year-old mission established by Marcus Whitman and Henry Spalding. These reinforcements were to become legendary in the history of the Pacific Northwest for the incessant bickering and petty jealousies that eventually caused the deaths of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and forced the abandonment of the mission effort.
Uncertainty and conflict as well as willpower and endurance mark the story of the Oregon Mission and its charismatic, though contentious, missionaries. Simply getting to Oregon in the 1830s was a feat. Once they arrived, their efforts were doomed by their inability to agree on strategies for converting the Nez Percé and Spokane Indians.
This Bison Books edition contains the very personal diary of Sarah Smith, "the weeping one" as the Indians remembered her. When read in chronological sequence with the nearly one hundred letters written by her husband, Asa, a compelling picture of their journey to Oregon and subsequent life at the mission emerges. Other letters, documents, and biographical sketches enhance the volume.

About Author
Clifford M. Drury, clergyman and historian, edited the letters and diaries of the Oregon missionaries in Where Wagons Could Go and On to Oregon (both available in Bison Books editions). Bonnie Sue Lewis writes of the timeless value of these documents in her introduction. She is an assistant professor of missiology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
266219 
Price: 15.00 USD

 
 
A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal From Delaware To the Mississippi Territory, edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick.


9 A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal From Delaware To the Mississippi Territory
edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick.
280 pages, 294 pages, illus., maps, bibliog., index, 1997, hardback, Ohio University Press
In A Journey through the West, Thomas Rodney writes vividly about flea-infested taverns, bad roads, drunken crew members, squatters, Indians sodden berths, food from the wild and treacherous waters. His is one of the most detailed early-nineteenth-century travel accounts.

Rodney, a Revolutionary War patriot and veteran, had been active in Delaware politics and had served in the Continental Congress. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him as a land commissioner and a territorial judge in the newly formed Mississippi Territory. To assume his duties, Rodney and a small party traveled overland from Delaware across the length of southern Pennsylvania to Wheeling, (West) Virginia. From there, they boarded their newly constructed boat on the Ohio River and rowed, sailed, and drifted along the borders of (West) Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Finally they left the clear rapids of the Ohio and entered the muddy yet majestic Mississippi. They traveled southwesterly into a vast, exotic wilderness valley. The western shore of the Mississippi was still owned by Spain, and foreign soldiers were spotted. Under pressure to meet Rodney’s deadline for arrival in Mississippi Territory, the travelers were grateful for the Mississippi’s fast current. Yet in the journey’s last days they were faced with adventures and with near disaster when their boat struck a snag and partially sank.

Rodney kept a precise journal and sent letters to President Jefferson documenting his trek from the settled East through the barely chartered paths of the western wilderness. He hobnobbed with Meriwether Lewis, enjoyed the hospitality of Harman Blennerhassett, and received a tour of Cincinnati from Arthur St. Clair.

Dwight Smith and Ray Swick have compiled, edited and annotated Rodney’s story to present it in complete form for the first time. A Journey through the West is both a travel adventure and a colorful glimpse into the life of his day.

411799 
Price: 44.95 USD

 
Covered Wagon Women, Volume 10: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1875-1883, Edited by Kenneth L. Holmes Introduction by Elliott West


10 Covered Wagon Women, Volume 10: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1875-1883
Edited by Kenneth L. Holmes Introduction by Elliott West
277 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, "the excitement continues." Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of Covered Wagon Women, experience a much different journey than their predecessors. Many settlements now await those bound for the West, with amenities such as hotels and restaurants, as well as grain suppliers to provide feed for the horses and mules that had replaced the slower oxen in pulling wagons. Routes were clearly marked-some had been replaced entirely by railroad tracks. Nevertheless, many of the same dangers, fears, and aspirations confronted these dauntless women who traveled the overland trails.

About Author
Elliott West is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. His works include The Saloon on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, also available in a Bison Books edition.
272995 
Price: 14.95 USD

 
 
A Fighter from Way Back:  The Mexican War Diary of Lt. Daniel Harvey Hill, 4th Artillery, USA, edited by Nathaniel C. Hughes Jr. and Timothy D. Johnson


11 A Fighter from Way Back: The Mexican War Diary of Lt. Daniel Harvey Hill, 4th Artillery, USA
edited by Nathaniel C. Hughes Jr. and Timothy D. Johnson
248 pages, ill., maps, cloth, Kent State University Press
A welcome addition to the eyewitness sources available to researchers and scholars of the U.S.-Mexican War.
Born in July 1821, Danield Harvey Hill grew up in "genteel poverty" on a large plantation in York District, South Carolina. He entered West Point and graduated in the middle of the renowned Class of 1842. Following garrison duty as a junior lieutenant with the First and Third Artilleries, Hill joined the Fourth Artillery at Fortress Monroe in January 1846. Six months later he was en route to Mexico.
Published here for the first time, Hill's diary vividly recounts the Mexican War experiences of this proud young officer. He was observant and opinionated, recording details about soldiers, officers, logistics, units, the health of the army, and the progress of the campaign.
387392 
Price: 22.96 USD

 
Land of the Burnt Thigh, Edith Eudora Kohl; Drawings by Stephen J. Voorhies; with a new introduction by Glenda Riley.


12 Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl; Drawings by Stephen J. Voorhies; with a new introduction by Glenda Riley.
330 pages, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
This tale of two sisters courageously homesteading on the prairie in 1907 provides a lively portrait of frontier life. "Mrs. Kohl has told this story of South Dakota with a simplicity, a directness, and an understanding of its quietly heroic element which make her book an appealing as well as a significant contribution to the latter-day history of the pioneers."-Saturday Review
511999 
Price: 11.95 USD

 
 
Searching for Ichabod: His Eighteenth-Century Diary Leads Me Home, Julie Foster Van Camp


13 Searching for Ichabod: His Eighteenth-Century Diary Leads Me Home
Julie Foster Van Camp
242 pages, 8 x 5.5, paper,
The narrative knits thirty years of historical and family research into the seams of a contemporary journey of discovery. Ichabod is missing. The author sets out to solve the mystery of his disappearance two hundred years ago. Unconventional methods unearth his diary. A farmer, medical practitioner, shoemaker, and religious liberal, Ichabod Foster survived two wars with Great Britain, participated in the birth of Vermont, and migrated to the Holland Purchase lands of western New York when he was seventy-one years old. In a cramped, snow-covered log cabin beside the dead bodies of his son, brother, and sister-in-law, Ichabod took his last breath January 1, 1813. In her quest to find Ichabod’s grave, Van Camp digs beneath primary source materials to uncover universal themes of death, birth, religion, survival, and war. People she bumps into while traveling through Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York reinforce her sixth-sense encounters.

About Author
Julie Foster Van Camp was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of a Washington County farm boy turned pediatrician. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MS in criminal justice from Northeastern University in Boston. Her articles have appeared in Ancestry, Western New York Heritage, New England Ancestors, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Examiner, The Judges Journal, and various American Bar Association publications. Her books include Courts and the Classroom (Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Boston, MA) and State Courts and Law-Related Education (Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Washington, DC). After retiring in 1992, she moved to Lopez Island, Washington, where she writes and volunteers as a nonprofit management consultant.
221754 
Price: 13.99 USD

 
The Checkered Years: A Bonanza Farm Diary, 1884-88, Mary Dodge Woodward; edited by Mary Boynton Cowdrey; With A New introduction by Elizabeth Jameson.


14 The Checkered Years: A Bonanza Farm Diary, 1884-88
Mary Dodge Woodward; edited by Mary Boynton Cowdrey; With A New introduction by Elizabeth Jameson.
302 pages, illus., paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
"Mary Dodge Woodward's personal record of her life on a Dakota Territory 'bonanza farm' adds new detail and texture to the histories of both women and the West. . . . [She] wrote about what she saw: The epic procession of reapers and threshing crews, the wildflowers and birds, the stupendous mirages that could make the wintry prairie an optical wonderland." -- Elizabeth Jameson, from the Introduction
512375 
Price: 12.95 USD

 
 
The Diary of Benjamin Reynolds: The Journal of a Voyage ’round Cape Horn from Philadelphia to Chile and back again via Rio de Janiero in 1840-41, Rosalie Esmond Blizard


15 The Diary of Benjamin Reynolds: The Journal of a Voyage ’round Cape Horn from Philadelphia to Chile and back again via Rio de Janiero in 1840-41
Rosalie Esmond Blizard
1993, 5½x8½, paper, 66 pp, Heritage Books
Imagine yourself, a young man of 20 in the year 1840, about to embark on a sailing ship for an adventure you will never forget This diary is one of those wonderful treasures that we all hope to discover in the attic. Consists of Mr. Reynolds’ departure from Philadelphia, his voyage, descriptions of Valparaiso, Rio de Janiero, and the return voyage home.
B0796 
Price: 14.00 USD

 

 

16 With A True God Bless: Civil War Letters
Suzanne Meredith
2008, 5½x8½, paper, 130 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
History is personal, but never more so than in this volume of letters. Life flows through the river of time on a tide of words. The heartfelt words from forgotten patriots, both men and women, that are preserved on these pages were written just before the outbreak of the Great Rebellion in 1861 and extend through the end of the hostilities. They speak of love, homesickness, primal fear and incredible pain. Intimate thoughts are expressed by people who lived and died during the American Civil War, an era of national division. In each letter a common factor is evident-faith. Belief in preserving a united America, and belief in a higher power are conveyed in simple powerful words. These elusive memories offer readers a different view of history-communications from yesterday that evoke a need to create a better tomorrow. Each letter is part of a valuable archive of information recounting a difficult period of American history. Excerpts from official reports and relevant news accounts, facsimile reprints of vintage photographs and original documents, a glossary, maps and a timeline augment the letters.
M4471 
Price: 18.50 USD

 


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