Kent State University Press
“Civil War” in the title of this book might appear to be a crude marketing ploy because very few of the letters—written by Singleton Ashenfelter to his closest friend Samuel Pennypacker—even mention the war in passing. Instead the collection drives home the essential but often forgotten truth that ordinary life goes on even during a great national crisis. In this regard, I once heard historian Philip Paludan remark in a lecture that you could not hold supper just because there was a war on.
Rable, George C.
"Untouched by the Conflict: The Civil War Letters of John Singleton Ashenfelter,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 22
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol22/iss1/18