22 June 2010

Love & War

















My local SCV camp's most recent meeting featured Rev. Dr. Robert H. Crewdson as our guest speaker. Reverend Crewdson is the author of author of Love and War: A Southern Soldier's Struggle Between Love and Duty. The book is based on love letters sent home by his Confederate ancestor during the WBTS. Reverend Crewdson is a retired Episcopalian minister. He currently serves as the R.E. Lee Memorial Church's Chaplain to students at Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

Professor James I. Robertson noted the following about Crewdson's book:

"You can never understand the Civil War until you understand its emotion.  In this collection of Civil War letters from a Confederate soldier to his beloved, one constantly encounters the inner conflicts between love and duty, as well as discipline and homesickness. Thurman speaks for thousands of compatriots who faced America's darkest crisis."

 

5 comments:

msimons said...

That sounds quite interesting!

13thBama said...

Thurman? Did I miss something?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thurman is the ancestor's name. Sorry.

13thBama said...

No problem, I just hadn't seen the name in the rest of the post. I love reading some of the letters from the era. They dispel the myth of the southern soldier being a mindless hick.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

The letters are quite touching. He read a few of them. Bob's a great guy. He just ordered a copy of my book and promised to send me his feedback. His ancestor was killed in battle, by the way.