The Lonely Hearts Club: Correspondence Ads during the Civil War and the process of research

Dr. Patricia Richard, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

The wartime environment allowed few opportunities for the “boys in blue” to meet honorable women and they hoped to remedy their situation through correspondence requests.  This presentation will reveal the process of research  and discovery in 19th century  newspapers while examining the humorous and gentle sides of the soldiers, their middle-class values and their desire for civility as found in Civil War correspondence ads.

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