Emerging Leader: The Letters of Carter Van Vleck to His Wife, Patty, 1862-1864 PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Carter Van Vleck

Emerging Leader: The Letters of Carter Van Vleck to His Wife, Patty, 1862-1864

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Publication date: February 2012
ISBN: 9781469739670
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On October 19, 1862, Lieutenant Colonel Carter Van Vleck wrote to his wife and daughter:

It takes an immense amt. of study to learn well the art of killing people, without getting killed yourself And that is the great secret of war, to kill & cripple the enemy to the greatest degree with the least possible damage to those under your command It is a fearful yet a very pleasent study I like it much better than I expected to & much better than any thing else I ever studied or practiced.

How I should like the sad realities of war, or how I should demean myself in an actual fight, of course I have as little idea as anyone else that knows me I might disgrace myself & family forever or might win honors worthy to be won.

During the next two years, the young officer would detail his Civil War experiences in intimate letters to his "whole heart's love," Patty, and their daughter Nellie. The letters reveal both the external challenges Van Vleck faced and his personal conflicts: the urge to eliminate slavery by serving his country well and the longing to return to his loved ones.

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Emerging Leader: The Letters of Carter Van Vleck to His Wife, Patty, 1862-1864 by Carter Van Vleck is a journey back in the 19th century, expressing the grief of war and the sad consequences of it. The book consists of a series of letters sent by Carter Van Vleck to his wife, during war, expressing his feelings and his perception about the whole experience of killing without being killed. An insightful story about war, like it was never exposed before, a story expressed exactly from the reality of a man there. The style emphasises the character of reality of what he is writing, giving details about each part of his experience there. Really intriguing for those who are interested in history, but mainly in the human’s mind and feelings.
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