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The Preacher's Tale: The Civil War Journal of Rev. Francis Springer, Chaplain

by Furry, William
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Retail Price: $34.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 1557287031

This journal was maintained by Francis Springer, a Lutheran pastor and Republican activist from Illinois who was stationed as a Federal chaplain in Arkansas and Oklahoma during 1863. Springer was an experienced writer and a staunch unionist, and used this journal for philosophical reflections and vignettes. "One of the most perplexing enigmas of war is its indiscriminate vengeance upon the innocent a well as the guilty," he records. The final letters of several bushwhackers condemned to death, to whom Springer ministered, are included in The Preacher's Tale.

review of The Preacher's Tale: The Civil War Journal of Rev. Francis Springer, Chaplain, by Furry, William, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).