War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

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Simon and Schuster, 2008 M06 23 - 512 pages
In 1998, Andrew Carroll founded the Legacy Project, with the goal of remembering Americans who have served their nation and preserving their letters for posterity. Since then, over 50,000 letters have poured in from around the country. Nearly two hundred of them comprise this amazing collection -- including never-before-published letters that appear in the new afterword.

Here are letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf war, Somalia, and Bosnia -- dramatic eyewitness accounts from the front lines, poignant expressions of love for family and country, insightful reflections on the nature of warfare. Amid the voices of common soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors, nurses, journalists, spies, and chaplains are letters by such legendary figures as Gen. William T. Sherman, Clara Barton, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernie Pyle, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Julia Child, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. Collected in War Letters, they are an astonishing historical record, a powerful tribute to those who fought, and a celebration of the enduring power of letters.

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Very interesting. Carroll does a good job of balancing letters from famous individuals like William Tecumseh Sherman and George S. Patton with letters from regular folk. Carroll includes short ... Read full review


Pfc Richard Cowan Just Before the Battle of the Bulge Writes
1st Lt James Carroll Jordan in a Letter to His Wife Details the Atrocities
2nd Lt Richard Wellbrock Chronicles His Remaining Days as a Prisoner
to Remind Her How Much He Loves Her Shares His Fears About
Pfc Richard King Recalls the Fighting on Saipan and Okinawa
Fireman Keith Lynch Describes to His Parents the Dead City
Stationed in Japan Sgt Richard Leonard Explains to His Friend
Shot During One of the U S Armys First Major Defeats in Korea

Capt David Embree a Veteran of Numerous Battles Reflects in a Letter
Extended Correspondence
In the Bitter Aftermath of the Civil War Union Soldier
Social Activist Jane Addams Warns President Woodrow Wilson
Ships Cook 3C Hugh Alexander Leslie Writes Home
In a Cable to Gen Peyton March Gen John BlackJack Pershing
On the Eve of the First Major U S Offensive at SaintMihiel
Goldie Marcellus Mails Her Husband Edward a Love Letter
American Red Cross Nurse Maude B Fisher Writes to the Mother
Ned Black Visiting England in 1939 Relates to His Family in the United
President Roosevelt Receives an Extraordinary Appeal
Pvt Morton D Elevitch in Basic Training Informs His Mother
Maxine Meyers Working as a Welder Describes to Her Husband Nove
1st Lt Paul Skogsberg Flirts with a Beautiful War Nurse Named
Extended Correspondence
Lt Walter Schuette Sends His Newborn Daughter Anna Mary a Letter
Army Nurse Vera Lee Writes to Her Family About a Deadly
Gen George S Patton Jr Removed from the Main Action on DDay
Extended Correspondence
CPhM Fritz Houser Describes to His Parents the Critically Wounded
In a Letter Home Sgt John Wheeler Harshly Condemns the Communists
Writing from the Osaka Army Hospital Pvt Bob Hammond Describes
Extended Correspondence
Ardith Morrisseau Gently Chastises Her Former Boyfriend Lt jg Carroll
Demoralized by His Experiences in Korea Pfc Jack Train
In a Letter to Reverend G A Zema Helen Keller Denies
Writing from Moscow Francis Gary Powers Sends His First Letter
The Sister of an Army Specialist Killed in Vietnam
In a Private Letter to Lt Col Lewis L Millet
Chaplain Ray W Stubbe Writes to His Parents from the Marine Base
In a Letter to His Parents L Cpl Stephen Daniel Laments the Death
in a Series of Short Descriptive Letters to Anxious Family Members Back
The Parents of Sandy Scheuer Receive a Series of Letters
Ambassador Graham A Martin Dispatches Three Urgent Telegrams
Sgt Tom Shaffer Jokes with His Friend Kathleen Williams
Capt Samuel G Putnam III Chronicles for His Wife and Family
Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf and Gen Colin Powell Console
1st Lt Erin Shuler Writes an Email from Bosnia to Her Family Back
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Page 127 - To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.
Page 382 - Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
Page 105 - Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter. Now you must go, and take with you the old and feeble ; feed and nurse them, and build for them in more quiet places proper habitations to shield them against the weather, until the mad passions of men cool down, and allow the Union and peace once more to settle on your old homes at Atlanta.
Page 183 - I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again : Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.
Page 26 - Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells, Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires. What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers...
Page 366 - I have here in my hand a list of 205 — a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.
Page 315 - As a nation we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal except negroes and foreigners and Catholics.
Page 45 - I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
Page 20 - There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
Page 45 - The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts...

About the author (2008)

Andrew Carroll is the editor of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a Nation and War Letters. Visit www.warletters.com.

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