GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE by Jeff Toalson
A SELECTION OF FORGOTTEN SOUTHERN LETTERS 1861-1865
This book, like the three preceding, is dedicated to preserving the true history of ordinary Confederate soldiers and civilians. It is the culmination of 15 years of research resulting in the publication of unforgettable letters documenting hardship, illness, loss and love during the Civil War.
The letters are published as they were written, and the chapter titles speak to the range of material included. For instance: “I lived three days on five biscuit and a little bacon”; “I got a pice of mule neck in my mouth”; “I still remain your loveing wife until death”.
The voices captured in I GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE take you straight to the camps and onto the battlefields of war; to the farms and the family left struggling behind; to the predicaments of slaves hired out on contract. You’ll learn about the deadly diseases that affected soldiers–smallpox, dysentery, measles. You’ll learn what it was like to slog through forests and swamps with shortages of supplies but no shortage of perils.
This extraordinary collection of letters is a treasure painstakingly created through a labor of love.