This morning, Pete Carmichael gave a great presentation using John Futch as a centerpiece. Futch was a private in the 3rd North Carolina and fought at Gettysburg, where his brother Charlie was killed. Pete made a terrific point that most of the voices we hear from the war are from the educated elite, and with their Victorian sensibilities they tended to filter what they wrote. Futch was at best semiliterate and his letters provide an unfiltered glimpse into his experiences. This blog post gives a link to find the letters and Futch’s story.
Update: The letters are digitized and available at the North Carolina Digital Collections website here. Search on “John Futch.”