November 4, 1861: Letter From Nelly Crain

In looking back at the Civil War, or any great historical event, it is all too easy to think that the people at the time must have been entirely consumed with interest in that event.  That was rarely the case.  As indicated in the video clip from the movie Friendly Persuasion (1956), showing the Birdwell family visiting a county fair in Indiana during the Civil War, even when great events are afoot, for most people life simply goes on.  As the below letter from a Nelly Crain to her sister written on November 4, 1861 people then were like people now:  mundane events in her life taking pride of place over any discussion of the War.    Here is the text of the letter: (more…)

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