Illinois History Forum: Civil War Letters (Facebook LIVE!)
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
“Your letters are worth more to me than gold.” That was the sentiment of one soldier from Illinois fighting in the Civil War that was likely shared by most of his fellow comrades. Letters from soldiers and sailors to their family and friends back home were equally cherished by their loved ones and provide an important insight into the soldiers’ lives and experiences from the field of battle.
Editor Mark Flotow has documented the lives of 165 Illinois Civil War soldiers through the lens of their personal letters for his book In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home.
Join Mark Flotow and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Oral History Director Dr. Mark DePue on the ALPLM’s Facebook page for a live discussion of the book during our next installment of the “Illinois History Forum” series on Thursday, November 12 at 12 p.m.
The discussion will touch on a few of the many subjects the book tackles. The book includes soldiers' reasons for enlisting, descriptions of Southern culture and slavery, opinions of commanding officers and the president; as well as insights about the harsh conditions faced on the battlefield and as prisoners-of-war. Mark Flotow will also offer examples of how many soldiers sought to manage their homes and farms from afar, while some single men attempted to woo their sweethearts.
To watch this Facebook LIVE! event, please go to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Facebook page. Then open the page at the appointed time and scroll to the post highlighting the live event. Once you’re there, simply click on the image and watch the live video stream.