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Through Ordinary Eyes: The Civil War Correspondence of Rufus Robbins

by Bruen, Ella Jane and Fitzgibbons, Brian M.
Publisher: Praeger
Retail Price: $39.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0275965899

A private in the 7th Massachusetts Volunteers, Rufus Robbins exchanged the letters with his parents and siblings that are published in Through Ordinary Eyes. Filled with observations about camp life and the Peninsula campaign, Robbins's letters initially express confidence about the Army of the Potomac capturing Richmond in 1862, but gradually reveal the misery of contending against not only the enemy but flooded terrain and diarrhea attacks. The letters end with Robbins's death in January 1863.

review of Through Ordinary Eyes: The Civil War Correspondence of Rufus Robbins, by Bruen, Ella Jane, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).