News reports during the Civil War were undependable and often inaccurate. Without accurate reports, newspapers often published unsubstantiated rumors as facts. As a result, those on the home front waited anxiously for letters from soldiers to allay their fears. Soldiers' families, in particular, hoped for frequent letters from their loved ones on the front lines to keep them informed on their whereabouts and situation. Confederate soldier Elisha Franklin Paxton sent numerous letters to his wife. Through his letters, she and others on the home front were given a sense of camp life as well as battle. Paxton also used his letters to reassure his wife about his safety and give her the news about others from their community.
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