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Go If You Think It Your Duty

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  • By: Andrea R. Foroughi
  • Format: 296 pages, 6X9, 10 b&w photos
  • Publisher: MHS Press
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A Minnesota Couple's Civil War Letters

First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

During the American Civil War, James Madison Bowler and Elizabeth Caleff Bowler courted, married, became parents, and bought a farm. They attended dances, talked politics, and confided their deepest fears. Because of the war, however, they experienced all of these events separately, sharing them through hundreds of letters from 1861 to 1865 while Madison served in the Third Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.

The couple’s separation—which led Madison to battle in the Tennessee Surrender and the Dakota War of 1862—challenged their commitment to the war and to each other. These poignant letters provided them a space to voice their fear for and frustration with each other, and they now provide readers with a window into one couple’s Civil War.

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