Title: An Iowa Soldier Writes Home: The Civil War Letters of Union Private Daniel J. Parvin
Author: Phillip A. Hubbart, ed.
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
This book is an edited collection of 117 letters that a forgotten Union foot soldier, Pvt. Daniel J. Parvin, wrote home to his wife and family in Muscatine, Iowa, during the American Civil War (1861-64). Parvin was a lively writer. He narrates relevant events with a keen eye for critical detail, particularly in his dramatic accounts of the battles he was in - the Battle of Shiloh (where he narrowly escaped death), the Siege of Vicksburg (where he served in a reserve capacity) and the Atlanta campaign (where he was wounded and almost died). And he employs the same attention to detail in his less glamorous descriptions of day-to-day camp life. Parvin was also a passionate and opinionated man. He expresses his views in colorful language on the people, events and politics of his day. And he often pours out his heart on the painful loneliness he felt away from home, and on the deep love he had for his family and country. The collection is edited by Parvin's great-great-grandson.