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Brown, Josiah Johnson
LARGE ARCHIVE OF AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED, FROM AND TO JOSIAH J. BROWN, CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, PRISONER OF WAR, AND PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER, WRITTEN DURING AND AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SEVERAL MAJOR BATTLES, AND HIS VIEWS OF LIFE IN THE UNION ARMY. ALSO INCLUDING SCORES OF LETTERS TO BROWN FROM HIS FAMILY AFTER THE WAR, DESCRIBING THEIR VARIOUS ENDEAVORS]
[Various locations in New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Kansas, and Pennsylvania, as described below, 1887. 195 autograph letters (108 unfolded, 87 folded). Old folds, a few letters with small tears and separations at folds, some with mild wear and soiling. Overall very good. A truly engaging collection of letters by and to Josiah Johnson Brown, a seminarian who paused his studies to fight in the Civil War. Brown served with the Army of the Potomac for the entirety of the war, seeing action at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Battle of Cold Harbor, among other engagements. Brown writes well and is dryly laconic, describing one defeat: "We have not met with the success that we expected." His descriptions of combat are cold and understandably despairing. As a confirmed Christian, he is regularly dismayed at the "sinfulness" he witnesses among his fellow soldiers, and works to reconcile his future life as a minister with the violence he feels he cannot avoid. He notes a few times that he will never be promoted because he does not join the other men in drinking and gambling. In the spring of 1863, Brown was shot in the hip, and while he downplays the severity of his wound in letters home, he spent over three months in the hospital. He reenlists in the spring of 1864, but in a letter to his sister Cornelia reflects, "I may have made a mistake." Mistake it may have been, as a few months later he is captured by Rebel forces; three letters here are from P.O.W. prisons in Lynchburg and Danville. Of the 195 letters … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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