Illinois Civil War Soldiers’ Letters

Here’s Mark Flotow discussing letters from Illinois Civil War soldiers to their families and friends at home.

The video’s description reads, “Mark Flotow’s book, In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, features the writings of 165 troops from Abraham Lincoln’s home state and covers the war from the earliest enlistees through final muster. Mr. Flotow shared a few of those letters and talked about what they reveal about the daily lives, cares, and motivations of those who fought the conflict. He was interviewed by Mark DePue of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which hosted this discussion and provided the video.”

One comment

  1. Thanks for finding and viewing the C-SPAN video. Also please visit, which is an extension of the book in a few ways.

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