Edward Beach, 1st Sergeant, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry,
Company E, Army of the Cumberland served in the Civil War from
August 22, 1862 to June 30, 1865. He was captured September 20,
1863 at the Battle of Chickamauga, and spent 1 year and 7 months in
Confederate prisons in Richmond and Danville, Virginia and
Andersonville, Savannah, and Millen, Georgia. Throughout this time
he corresponded with various family members and with Elisabeth
"Libbie" Hammond, his future wife. The transcribed documents span
the period from the beginning of his service in September 1862 and
continuing until his marriage in October 1868. Edward returned to
Wisconsin following the war, attended college and worked. In 1867
he moved to Lawrence, Kansas. The post war letters between Edward
and Libbie chronicle their long courtship and show the development
of their thoughts on love, family, religion, life in general and
their dreams. Their letters reflect how a changing nation affected
everyday people. Edward's Civil War letters and Andersonville diary
give an invaluable insight into that time in our country's history.
In his letters he speaks candidly about officers, the way the war
is progressing, and his daily experiences. His post war recording
of his experiences provides a more measured and detailed view of
his time in service and as a prisoner of war. Edward and Libbie
lived at a pivotal time in our nation's history. Their words
reflect the feelings and thoughts of the era as they voice their
opinions on popular speakers, religion, politics and general issues
of the day, as well as commenting on their daily life in the 1860s.
The book will be of interest to Civil War buffs, those curious
about life in the 1860s, and descendants of Elias Beach and
Margaret Morrow. A short family genealogy, index, footnotes, a
brief summary of E Company, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and
POW history are included.
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