Tim Williams (University of Oregon) and Evan Kutzler (Georgia Southwestern University) have presented a truly remarkable two-way correspondence between Confederate prisoner of war Wash (George Washington) Nelson, Jr. and his fiancée, Mollie Scollay. The couple’s story reflects a people caught in the crosshairs of war. Williams’s expertise in intellectual and gender history, and Kutler’s expertise in Civil War prisons combine to contextualize and interpret Wash’s experience of captivity, through both his letters to Mollie and his post-war memoirs, and Mollie’s experiences on the home front, which included her perception of Wash’s imprisonment.
"Prison Pens: Gender, Memory, and Imprisonment in the Writings of Mollie Scollay and Wash Nelson, 1863-1866,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss1/8