Emily Dickinson and the American Civil War
When you think about Emily Dickinson, the Civil War, doesn't usually come to mind. However, during the years of the Civil War 1861-1865, Dickinson's poetry flourished. "Sorrow seems more general than it did, and not the estate of a few persons, since the war began; and if the anguish of others helped one with one's own, now would be many medicines," Emily Dickinson wrote to Louise and Frances Norcross (L298).
Emily Dickinson's Correspondences, a collection of some of her letters is available online. Through Emily Dickinson's "war related letters" with family and friends like Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who fought in the war, you can gain an insight into the extent of the wars influence. Letters of Emily Dickinson and edited volumes of her letters our available in the University Libraries Catalog.
The Emily Dickinson Museum offers insight Dickinson's life and family and friends, also see The Poet and Work, Letters of Emily Dickinson, and Emily Dickinson and the Civil War.
The manuscripts of Emily Dickinson are available for scholars and readers alike at the Emily Dickinson Archive. This is an open-access website that allows you to view original manuscripts, read the poetry, and take notes. Example: Our journey had advanced--(P615)
A Clip from the series "Angles of a Landscape: Perspectives on Emily Dickinson"