Nathaniel has finally received a letter from Elodie in response to his numerous letters. Here he expresses his joy that she has reciprocated, but he also references her powerful brother-in-law, Abraham Lincoln, by asking her to pressure him for peace because “it would add greatly to our happiness.”
After several letters from Nathaniel have been written and dispatched, Elodie responds with news from Selma about her family, war preparations taking place in town, and her fears for the future of Kentucky.
This summer we’re launching New Perspectives on the Civil War Era, a new series dedicated to the publication of primary sources (letters, diaries, speeches, etc.) of the Civil War era from a wide diversity of perspectives—respecting the soldier’s voice, but not privileging it over every other as is the case in most such edited volumes. The first volume in the series is Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln edited by Stephen Berry and Angela Esco Elder.