By Patricia A. Donohoe
In language that resonates with energy and sweetness, this compilation of private letters written from 1844 to 1864 tells the compelling tale of arguable newspaper editor Will Tomlinson, his opinionated spouse (Eliza Wylie Tomlinson), and their young ones (Byers and Belle) within the treacherous borderlands round that “abolitionist hellhole,” Ripley, Ohio. The Printer’s Kiss contains a lot of Tomlinson’s columns that seemed within the Ripley Bee, the neighborhood Ripley newspaper, and excerpts from a quick tale within the Columbian journal. It beneficial properties a lot of his letters to his kinfolk and a outstanding variety of letters from Eliza and the youngsters to Tomlinson whereas he used to be away in the course of the Civil warfare, serving variously as quartermaster sergeant for the 5th Ohio, as captain of an organization of counterinsurgents in West Virginia, as an self sustaining scout and undercover agent in Kentucky, as a nurse on a sanatorium boat, and as a compositor for the Cincinnati Gazette. in the course of his occupation, Tomlinson released ten newspapers in Ohio and one in Iowa, the place he lived from 1854 to 1860. defined through his contemporaries as wonderful and erratic, coarse and literary, Tomlinson left a path of ink overlaying subject matters starting from antislavery sentiment to spiritualist fervor and partisan politics. His own writings demonstrate the fellow at the back of the clicking, disillusioned by means of his weak point for alcohol and via Eliza’s refusal to condone his plan to elevate a Negro corporation. His eloquent descriptions discomfort with the soreness of status fourteen hours at a compositor’s desk, capturing farm animals to feed squaddies, and having to guard himself opposed to accusations of adultery. Tomlinson used to be fatally shot through a Kentucky Copperhead in 1863.
Eliza’s letters pulse with the fears of a Union kinfolk searching for slave hunters, Morgan’s Raiders, and undesirable information from the battlefield. Like her husband, she freely condemns inept politicians and southern rebels. She additionally questions her husband’s army competence, yet she frequently writes approximately family matters—the young children, acquaintances, and funds. The intimate info in those letters will interact readers with suspenseful money owed of survival within the borderlands throughout the Civil struggle, camp existence, and guerrilla conflict and statement on political and armed forces occasions, journalism within the mid-1800s, and the jobs of ladies and youngsters. most significantly, readers can be uncovered to the tale of the way one articulate and constant Union relations refused to renounce wish whilst confronted with tragic disruption.
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The Printer’s Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman and His Family (Civil War in the North) by Patricia A. Donohoe