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The Websters: Letters of an American Army Family in Peace & War, 1836-1853by Baker, Van R.
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Retail Price: $45.00
Issue: Summer 2001
Born in Vermont and a graduate of West Point, Lucien Webster wed Frances Smith of Connecticut in 1837, inaugurating the correspondence with each other and with friends whose letters are collected here. During the next 15 years until his death from yellow fever, Lucien Webster was stationed at the fringes of America, and he was present for the Second Seminole War, the Cherokee expulsion from the Carolinas, the border tension between Maine and Canada, and the Mexican War. Frances Webster's younger brother, Edmund Kirby Smith, would distinguish himself during the Civil War.