Dr. Elder’s newest book, Love and Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss, was featured in a recent New York Times story.
The New York Times article explores research from multiple perspectives about death during wartime and the aftermath.
Dr. Elder’s book focuses on the nearly 200,000 women who were widowed during the Civil War. Dr. Elder researched diaries, letters, scrapbooks, literary works, and even mourning gowns to gain a complete picture of the widows’ stories. The book takes the reader from courtships to weddings, to how new paths were forged after the soldiers’ deaths.