Noble Sentiments of the Soul

The Civil War Letters of Joseph Dobbs Bishop, Chief Musician, 23rd Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, 1862-1863

by Editor Carol Brockway-Lieto, Editor Walter Reid Brockway, Editor Michael Barton



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/30/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781664171640
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781664171633

About the Book

While Joseph Dobbs Bishop was serving in Louisiana with the 23rd Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, he wrote letters ceaselessly to his wife and children. In several ways, his correspondence is typical of Civil War soldiers—he sends news of his comrades, he mentions his duties (he was a musician as well as an infantryman), he observes the landscape, complains about weather, illness, boredom, and homesickness, and longs for more letters from his wife. But Bishop’s letters go beyond typical to remarkable. He shows conflicting feelings about the war as time passes, he expresses startling opinions about slavery and emancipation, and above all, he fills his pages with passion for his spouse. Indeed, his correspondence goes beyond romantic, such that it might even be called erotic and hence a complete surprise to the modern audience. Bishop’s letters are tragic too, so there is a complete range of emotions to appreciate here. In short, the war is not the point of these soldier’s letters; their point is the soldier’s heart.

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