"An important addition to the source material for the history of the Confederacy . . . These letters are especially valuable for the inside glimpses of the members and proceedings of the Congress, and for the light which they throw upon living conditions in Richmond and Georgia during the last year of the war."
—Mississippi Valley Historical Review
Warren Akin (1811–1877) was a prominent attorney from Cartersville, Georgia, who served as the state’s representative in the lower house of the Second Confederate Congress. This collection was originally published in 1959. The majority of these fifty letters were written while Akin was a member of the Confederate Congress. The letters cover legislative procedures; personnel of the Congress; political and civilian life in Richmond; and reactions of the Akin family to the crisis of war, invasion, loss of home, separation, and personal tragedies.
Page count: 162 pp. Trim size: 6 x 9
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Bell Irvin Wiley (1906–1980) taught history at several southern colleges before becoming professor emeritus at Emory University in 1949. He is the editor or author of more than twenty books, including The Life of Johnny Reb, Confederate Women, and The Common Soldier of the Civil War.