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- ISBN: 9780877458494 | 0877458499
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 6/1/2003
William Vermilion (1830-1894) served as a captain in Company F of the 36th Iowa Infantry from October 1862 until September 1865. Although he was a physician in Iconium in south central Iowa at the start of the war, after it ended he became a noted lawyer in nearby Centerville; he was also a state senator from 1869 to 1872. Mary Vermilion (1831-1883) was a schoolteacher who grew up in Indiana; she and William married in 1858. In this volume historian Donald Elder provides a careful selection from the hundreds of supportive, informative, and heart-wrenching letters that they wrote each other during the war--the most complete collection of letters exchanged between a husband and a wife during the Civil War. The 36th Iowa was deployed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas, where it saw its first battle in July 1863; in the abortive attempt on Vicksburg in 1863; and in Steele's successful campaign at Little Rock in 1863. William returned home to recruit new volunteers in 1864 (the 36th had the eighth-highest fatality rate from disease of all the Iowa regiments); he was