My Own Darling Wife


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  • 196 Pages
  • Bibliography and extensive Index at end of book

As mentioned in several of his letters, John Francis asked his wife Rebecca to “please keep” these letters so he could read them again should God spare him to reach home safely. John Francis not only survived the war but also the brutal reconstruction and economic collapse that followed

After sharing the letters throughout the postbellum years, Rebecca retained possession of them after John Francis’ death in 1897.

The letters were passed down through several generations and finally….

John Caldwell Calhoun (1921-2007) was actually born John Francis Calhoun, named for his grandfather. After spending time living with his aunt Ida in Clemson, he asked to have his name changed to John Caldwell Calhoun in honor of the great South Carolina statesman. When John Caldwell died in 2007, he passed the letters on to his nephew Andrew Pickens Calhoun, Jr. who has compiled them for this book. Andrew is the great-grandson of John Francis Calhoun.



Table of Contents

Ch. I Letters of April, May and June of 1861

Ch. II Letters of July, August, September of 1861

Ch. III Letters of October, November, and December of 1861

Ch. IV Letters of January, February and March of 1862




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