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Image for Furlough: The Civil War Diaries of Sarah Belle Bright and Charles Alexander Elder of Trenton, Tennessee 1861-1867

Furlough: The Civil War Diaries of Sarah Belle Bright and Charles Alexander Elder of Trenton, Tennessee 1861-1867

By: Andrew Hays

Price: $13.00

Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc:

Seller ID: H4778

ISBN: 0788447785

Condition: 2008, 5½x8½, paper, 74 pp, Heritage Books, Inc


Charles Elder of Gibson County, Tennessee, was a twenty-three year old law student in the spring of 1861, when he decided he must do the right thing. He answered the South's call to duty and mustered with F Company of the 4th Tennessee Infantry, the West Tennessee Rifles. As daunting as the prospects of marching off to that terrible war must have seemed, there was one thing weighing even heavier on Charley's heart...he was madly in love with Belle Bright. Belle Bright wa... View more info

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A Voyage Round The World By the Way of the Great South Sea, Perform’d in the Years 1719, 20, 21, 22, in the Speedwell of London, of 24 Guns and 100 Men, (under His Majesty’s Commission to cruize on the Spaniards in the late War with the Spanish Crown) till she was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandes, in May 1720; and afterwards continu’d in the Recovery, the Jesus Maria and Sacra Familia, Etc.

By: Capt. George Shelvocke, Commander of the Speedwell, Recovery, &c. in this Expedition

Price: $38.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: S2341

ISBN: 078842341X

Condition: (1726), 2003, 5½x8½, paper, 518 pp, Heritage Books


In 1718-9, the Success, commanded by Capt. Clipperton, expedition chief, and the Speed-well under Capt. Shelvocke set sail from England bound for the west coast of the Americas to take and seize Spanish ships. A terrifying tempest separated the two ships right at the start of this perilous adventure. Violent seas, a shipwreck and mutineers keep the pages turning! Readers can expect a faithful account of Shelvocke’s seafaring along the coasts of Chili, Peru and Mexico, ... View more info

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The Diary of Caroline Seabury, 1854–1863

By: Caroline Seabury, edited with an Introduction by Suzanne L. Bunkers

Price: $14.95

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press:

Seller ID: 128741

ISBN: 0-299-12874-1

Condition: paperback, University of Wisconsin Press


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CD: The Log of a Forty-Niner: Journal of a Voyage from Newbery-port to San Francisco in the Brig Genl Worth Commanded by Capt. Samuel Walton

By: Carolyn Hale Russ

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD3548

ISBN: 788435485

Condition: (1923), 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac, v6, 214 pp, Heritage Books


Richard Hale's ancestors came from England to New England in pioneer days. Of the three brothers to leave England, his ancestor settled in Newbury. "From that sturdy stock came Nathan Hale, the 'martyr spy,' and back in England Sir Mathew Hale, famed as the only judge judging righteous judgment in an unrighteous time." In 1857 Richard married Hannah Sewell Perley, a descendant of Allen Perley who sailed for America in Governor Winthrop's fleet. Through his pe... View more info

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Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850

By: Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

Price: $16.95

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 1996

Seller ID: 27274X

ISBN: 080327274X

Condition: 296 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press


The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and ... View more info

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Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851

By: Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

Price: $15.95

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 1996

Seller ID: 272871

ISBN: 0-8032-7287-1

Condition: 291 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press


Expectations of gold, rich farmland, and healthful climate propelled some fifty thousand overlanders. Among the women making the trip west to California and Oregon in 1850 were six whose diaries and letters give distinction to the second volume of Covered Wagon Women. Margaret A. Frink notes the scarcity of women in the army of grizzled fortune seekers. Her extended journal is "one of the classics of American history," according to Kenneth L. Holmes. Frink descri... View more info

I Seat Myself to Write you a Few Lines: Civil War and Homestead Letters from Thomas Lucas and Family

By: Dona Bayard Sauerburger and Thomas Lucas Bayard

Price: $62.00

Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc:

Seller ID: S4167

ISBN: 0788441671

Condition: (2002), 2007, 8½x11, paper, index, 2 vols., 448 pp, Heritage Books, Inc


From Civil War soldier to homesteader, the life of Thomas Lucas and those of his family members are revealed in this book through hundreds of letters written during a span of more than fifty years. Thomas and his wife Letty grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, but their lives were disrupted in 1861 when Civil War broke out. Thomas heeded the patriotic call, leaving his pregnant wife and their baby daughter Millie to serve for three years in the First Pennsylvania Cavalr... View more info

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The Mountains We Have Crossed: Diaries and Letters of the Oregon Mission, 1838

By: Edited by Clifford M. Drury Introduction by Bonnie Sue Lewis

Price: $15.00

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 1999

Seller ID: 266219

ISBN: 0-8032-6621-9

Condition: 332 pages, Illus., maps., paperback, University of Nebraska Press


Four newlywed couples, along with one single man, were sent to Oregon in 1838 to reinforce the two-year-old mission established by Marcus Whitman and Henry Spalding. These reinforcements were to become legendary in the history of the Pacific Northwest for the incessant bickering and petty jealousies that eventually caused the deaths of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and forced the abandonment of the mission effort.Uncertainty and conflict as well as willpower and endura... View more info

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A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal From Delaware To the Mississippi Territory

By: edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick.

Price: $44.95

Publisher: Ohio University Press: c1997

Seller ID: 411799

ISBN: 0821411799

Condition: 280 pages, 294 pages, illus., maps, bibliog., index, 1997, hardback, Ohio University Press


In A Journey through the West, Thomas Rodney writes vividly about flea-infested taverns, bad roads, drunken crew members, squatters, Indians sodden berths, food from the wild and treacherous waters. His is one of the most detailed early-nineteenth-century travel accounts. Rodney, a Revolutionary War patriot and veteran, had been active in Delaware politics and had served in the Continental Congress. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him as a land comm... View more info

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Covered Wagon Women, Volume 10: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1875-1883

By: Edited by Kenneth L. Holmes Introduction by Elliott West

Price: $14.95

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press: 2000

Seller ID: 272995

ISBN: 0-8032-7299-5

Condition: 277 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press


Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, "the excitement continues." Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of Covered Wagon Women, experience a much different journey than their predecessors. Many settlements now await those bound fo... View more info

Image for A Fighter from Way Back:  The Mexican War Diary of Lt. Daniel Harvey Hill, 4th Artillery, USA

A Fighter from Way Back: The Mexican War Diary of Lt. Daniel Harvey Hill, 4th Artillery, USA

By: edited by Nathaniel C. Hughes Jr. and Timothy D. Johnson

Price: $22.96

Publisher: Kent State University Press: c2002

Seller ID: 387392

ISBN: 0873387392

Condition: 248 pages, ill., maps, cloth, Kent State University Press


A welcome addition to the eyewitness sources available to researchers and scholars of the U.S.-Mexican War.Born in July 1821, Danield Harvey Hill grew up in "genteel poverty" on a large plantation in York District, South Carolina. He entered West Point and graduated in the middle of the renowned Class of 1842. Following garrison duty as a junior lieutenant with the First and Third Artilleries, Hill joined the Fourth Artillery at Fortress Monroe in January 184... View more info

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Land of the Burnt Thigh

By: Edith Eudora Kohl; Drawings by Stephen J. Voorhies; with a new introduction by Glenda Riley.

Price: $11.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press: 1986

Seller ID: 511999

ISBN: 0873511999

Condition: 330 pages, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press


This tale of two sisters courageously homesteading on the prairie in 1907 provides a lively portrait of frontier life. "Mrs. Kohl has told this story of South Dakota with a simplicity, a directness, and an understanding of its quietly heroic element which make her book an appealing as well as a significant contribution to the latter-day history of the pioneers."-Saturday Review View more info

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Searching for Ichabod: His Eighteenth-Century Diary Leads Me Home

By: Julie Foster Van Camp

Price: $13.99

Publisher: CREATESPACE:

Seller ID: 221754

ISBN: 1439221758

Condition: 242 pages, 8 x 5.5, paper,


The narrative knits thirty years of historical and family research into the seams of a contemporary journey of discovery. Ichabod is missing. The author sets out to solve the mystery of his disappearance two hundred years ago. Unconventional methods unearth his diary. A farmer, medical practitioner, shoemaker, and religious liberal, Ichabod Foster survived two wars with Great Britain, participated in the birth of Vermont, and migrated to the Holland Purchase lands of wes... View more info

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The Checkered Years: A Bonanza Farm Diary, 1884-88

By: Mary Dodge Woodward; edited by Mary Boynton Cowdrey; With A New introduction by Elizabeth Jameson.

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press: 1989

Seller ID: 512375

ISBN: 0873512375

Condition: 302 pages, illus., paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press


"Mary Dodge Woodward's personal record of her life on a Dakota Territory 'bonanza farm' adds new detail and texture to the histories of both women and the West. . . . [She] wrote about what she saw: The epic procession of reapers and threshing crews, the wildflowers and birds, the stupendous mirages that could make the wintry prairie an optical wonderland." -- Elizabeth Jameson, from the Introduction View more info

Image for The Diary of Benjamin Reynolds: The Journal of a Voyage ’round Cape Horn from Philadelphia to Chile and back again via Rio de Janiero in 1840-41

The Diary of Benjamin Reynolds: The Journal of a Voyage ’round Cape Horn from Philadelphia to Chile and back again via Rio de Janiero in 1840-41

By: Rosalie Esmond Blizard

Price: $14.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: B0796

ISBN: 1556137966

Condition: 1993, 5½x8½, paper, 66 pp, Heritage Books


Imagine yourself, a young man of 20 in the year 1840, about to embark on a sailing ship for an adventure you will never forget This diary is one of those wonderful treasures that we all hope to discover in the attic. Consists of Mr. Reynolds’ departure from Philadelphia, his voyage, descriptions of Valparaiso, Rio de Janiero, and the return voyage home. View more info

With A True God Bless: Civil War Letters

By: Suzanne Meredith

Price: $18.50

Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc:

Seller ID: M4471

ISBN: 788444719

Condition: 2008, 5½x8½, paper, 130 pp, Heritage Books, Inc


History is personal, but never more so than in this volume of letters. Life flows through the river of time on a tide of words. The heartfelt words from forgotten patriots, both men and women, that are preserved on these pages were written just before the outbreak of the Great Rebellion in 1861 and extend through the end of the hostilities. They speak of love, homesickness, primal fear and incredible pain. Intimate thoughts are expressed by people who lived and died duri... View more info