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Love and Duty: Amelia and Josiah Gorgas and Their Family

by Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Retail Price: $19.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 0817352945

Rarely is a family's story recorded as thoroughly as was that of the Gorgas's. Large and often divided by geography, they corresponded almost daily throughout much of the Civil War and the years that followed. Their letters tell of the intimate relationship that existed between husband, Josiah, chief of the Confederate Ordinance Bureau, and wife, Amelia, University of Alabama librarian and dedicated mother. From courting to marriage, old age to death, this saga shows how two loving partners related to their children, the Civil War, and the realities of the post-war South.

review of Love and Duty: Amelia and Josiah Gorgas and Their Family, by Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).