The better conditions at Roper’s, including much better rations – fresh beef – were immediately tempered by bad news from home. “Received a letter from the General at Hilton Head inclosing a note from Nannie. They think Frank is dead (August 18th).” In early June (3rd) Foote had received news of Frank’s capture and leg amputation. The news of his death must have been devastating especially since as recently as July 25th Foote had written in his diary, “Heard of Frank, is doing very well.” It was this kind of news that was particularly hard on prisoners of war. Trying to physically endure one’s imprisonment was hard enough. Having to deal with the emotional news of the affliction and death of loved ones back home was even worse for most POWs. Fortunately, the news of Frank’s death was only a rumor as Foote would soon find out.
- Robert E. Lee’s personally signed map surfaces at Antiques Roadshow
- Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief by McPherson is out
- Rebel Yell – another book on Stonewall – Book Note
- Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War – Book Note
- Such Troops as These, Stonewall book out 9/2
- Ed Bearss wins the 2014 Douglas Southall Freeman Award for book on Petersburg Campaign
- New historical novel about the former slave Robert Smalls
- How important was it to control “interior lines” during the Civil War?
News and Notes
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What can one find on the CWG?