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This is the finest collection of antebellum and Civil War correspondence I've ever encountered. The book is compelling and offers a detailed view of life in Florida for an extended family. Even with slaves, Winston's wife, Tivy, had an incredible workload.
A skilled novelist would be severely taxed to create a plot that could surpass the complexities of the Stevens/Bryant families as revealed in the book.
Having read hundreds of Civil War non-fiction works, my recommendation for this book is very high.
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This outstanding look at the actual lives and activities of a family during the Civil War is a must for serious readers on that era. The letters show open affection and intimacy between a husband and wife during a period of severe social rules. Given the abundance of books and scholarship of other states and battles, Florida finally is given a lively account of the movement and behavior of people that it deserves. Once again, truth is better than fiction.
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