The Whartons' War
The Civil War Correspondence of General Gabriel C. Wharton and Anne Radford Wharton, 1863–1865
Edited by William C. Davis, Sue Heth Bell
with a foreword by Peter S. Carmichael
456 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6829-1
Published: July 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6770-6
Published: July 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6771-3
Published: May 2022
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Featuring one of the fullest known sets of correspondence by a high-level officer and his wife, this volume reveals the Whartons' wartime experience from their courtship in the spring of 1863 to June 1865, when Gabriel Wharton swore loyalty to the United States and accepted parole before returning home. William C. Davis and Sue Heth Bell's thoughtful editing guides readers into this world of experience and its ongoing historical relevance.
About the Authors
William C. Davis was professor of history at Virginia Tech and is the author or editor of more than 50 books on Civil War and Southern history.
For more information about William C. Davis, visit the Author Page.
Sue Heth Bell is the Whartons' great-great granddaughter. While rummaging in her parents' garage, she discovered the cache of letters that became the foundation for this book.
For more information about Sue Heth Bell, visit the Author Page.
Peter S. Carmichael is the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies, director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
For more information about Peter S. Carmichael, visit the Author Page.
“This is one of the best sets of letters from a Civil War participant I have read. This volume illuminates the Whartons’ marriage and the immense strain of war. Further, the book abounds with information and observations about notable Confederate military leaders, battles, and campaigns.”—Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis
"This richly detailed and valuable collection shows not only the ways that war affects a marriage but also the reverse, connecting politics and household intimacies to Confederate military fortunes in surprising and intriguing ways."—Anne Sarah Rubin, author of Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory