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Getting Used to Being Shot At: The Spence Family Civil War Letters

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ISBN 10: 1557287260 / ISBN 13: 9781557287267
Published by University of Arkansas Press, 2002
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Title: Getting Used to Being Shot At: The Spence ...

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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This collection of letters bears witness to the Civil War of the common soldiers and junior officers of the Army of Tennessee. Brothers Alex and Tom Spence described to their family in detail not only the many battles in which they served, but the hardship of campaigning (they marched literally thousands of miles), the pride of serving in battle-proven units, and the pain of losing comrades to bullets and disease.
The Spences were a wealthy family who owned land, slaves, and the main hotel in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. With their successful careers and extensive property, they were among Clark County's most prominent families when the shadow of secession fell across Arkansas. Four years later, Arkansas would be ravaged by war, and Tom and Alex Spence would lie in soldiers' graves, far from home. Mark Christ has assembled their powerful letters from a collection in the Old State House Museum, weaving in other letters from their extended family and friends, brief but thorough introductions to each chapter, and evocative photographs. The story moves chronologically from the outset of war to the final letter from Alex's grieving fiancée.

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The Spence's were a wealthy family who owned land, slaves, and the main hotel in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. With their successful careers and extensive property, they were among Clark County's most prominent families when the shadow of succession fell across Arkansas. Four years later, Arkadelphia would be ravaged by war, and brothers Tom and Alex Spence would lie in soldiers' graves, far from home.

Mark Christ has assembled the Spence brothers' powerful letters from a collection in Arkansas' Old State House Museum, weaving in other letters from their extended family and friends. He provides brief but thorough introductions to each chapter as well as evocative photographs.

The Spences' letters bear witness to the Civil War of the common soldiers and junior officers of the Army of Tennessee. Alex Spence saw action at Shiloh and most of the other major engagements of that army, while his brother Tom fought in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. They also marched literally thousands of miles, spent weeks in camp, and relied on infrequent travelers to carry precious letters to and from home. They detailed to their family not only the many battles in which they served, but the hardship of campaigning, the pride of serving in battle-proven units, and the pain of losing comrades to bullets and diseases. The story moves chronologically from the outset of war to the final letter from Alex's grieving fiancée.

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