Preview: Taylor (Ed.), “My Dear Nelly”

27 11 2020

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New in 2020 from Kent State University Press is My Dear Nelly: The Selected Letters of General Orlando M. Poe to His Wife Eleanor, edited by Paul Taylor. Paul is a Detroit Tigers fan and, among other works, is the author of this biography of Orlando Poe, the West Pointer, topographical engineer, 3rd and 9th Corps brigade commander, and corps and department engineer.

The selected letters of Poe to his wife, Eleanor Brent, span October 1860 to April, 1865, and follow his ups and downs leading various levels of infantry command but ultimately failing to garner the support necessary for permanent promotion. Consequently, he reverted to staff engineer duties and performed, by most standards, spectacularly.

What you get:

  • Forward by Earl Hess
  • 320 pages of text featuring 241 “highly literate and previously unpublished wartime letters,” fully annotated
  • Ten page bibliography including unpublished manuscript and archival material and newspapers
  • Full index
  • Bottom of page footnotes
  • Hal Jesperson maps
  • Photograph and engraving illustrations scattered throughout the text

It’s good stuff. Check it out.