All the while James Barr sent letters home. According to editor Thomas D. Mays, the most valuable of these concern the family farm—a middling operation supported by several slaves. Through his vigorous correspondence, Barr participated in his farm's operation, asking for details and providing instructions.
But Barr also supplied news from the front and described his life as a soldier, including word of the clash at Trevilian Station, where Barr was wounded.
Barr's letters have been preserved over the years by family members and were originally transcribed and compiled for publication by his granddaughter Ruth Barr McDaniel. This new and thoroughly researched volume springs from the efforts of her sons Raymond and Robert McDaniel to bring this unique and informative story to a wider audience.
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