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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863 offers a fascinating glimpse into the American literary scene of the mid-19th century. The collection of essays, short stories, and poems included in this issue showcase the depth and diversity of talent present during this time period.

One standout piece is "The Mission of the War" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, in which the renowned philosopher explores the broader significance of the Civil War and the role it plays in shaping the future of the nation. Emerson's insights are thought-provoking and relevant even today, making this essay a timeless read.

Another highlight is "When the Battle is Over" by Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the iconic novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. In this short story, Stowe captures the emotional toll of war on both soldiers and their loved ones, painting a poignant picture of the human cost of conflict.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863 is a valuable historical document that provides a window into the cultural and intellectual landscape of the Civil War era. Readers interested in American literature, history, and philosophy will find much to appreciate in this collection.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.


It is nine o'clock upon a summer Sunday morning, in the year sixteen hundred and something. The sun looks down brightly on a little forest settlement, around whose expanding fields the great American wilderness recedes each day, withdrawing its bears and wolves and Indians into an ever remoter distance, not yet so far but that a stout wooden gate at each end of the village street indicates that there is something outside which must stay outside, if possible. It would look very busy and thriving in this little place, to day, but for the Sabbath stillness which broods over everything with almost an excess of calm. Even the smoke ascends more faintly than usual from the chimneys of these abundant log huts and scanty framed houses, and since three o'clock yesterday afternoon not a stroke of this world's work has been done. Last night a preparatory lecture was held, and now comes the consummation of the whole week's life, in the solemn act of worship... Continue reading book >>

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