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Between Home and the Front: Book Talk and Signing

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Join the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum on Zoom or in person at the museum for a special book talk with the curators behind Between Home and the Front: Civil War Letters of the Walters Family. A book signing will be held after the talk in the museum atrium for those attending in person. Please register at the link to attend or to view online.

Between Home and the Front… presents previously unpublished letters from the Walters family’s collection held by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. This collection includes the exchange of correspondence between the home front and frontline, a perspective not often seen in historical records. The publication provides a glimpse into the emotions and news that Private David Walters of the 5th Indiana Cavalry and his wife Rachel shared in their correspondence. Rachel became the hub of communication for the family, often receiving missives from David’s brothers, Isaac and John Wesley, both of whom served with Indiana units, and relaying the information to friends and family.

Between Home and the Front: Civil War Letters of the Walters Family is a work of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, edited by Lynn Heidelbaugh and Thomas Paone, curatorial staff of the National Postal Museum and National Air and Space Museum (respectively), and was published by Indiana University Press in 2022.

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