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Brothers 'til Death: The Civil War Letters of William, Thomas, and Maggie Jones, 1861-1865

by Tremble, Richard
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Retail Price: $35.00
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0865546983

Brothers William and Thomas Jones were Irish immigrants who settled in New York and later enlisted in the 48th New York Volunteers. Brothers 'til Death presents letters that the two soldiers sent from combat along Carolina Coast, in Florida, and at Petersburg. The letters are addressed in unaffected language to siblings in the North, especially to their sister Maggie (and some of her replies are included). Thomas, who lost an arm during the 48th Regiment's failed assault on Fort Wagner, writes from a hospital to reassure his family: "We have a good deal of fun here. You ought to see the one-armed men and one-legged men playing ball together."

review of Brothers 'til Death: The Civil War Letters of William, Thomas, and Maggie Jones, 1861-1865, by Tremble, Richard, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).