Historians debate authorship of letter attributed to Major Sullivan Ballou

By: Fred Zilian,  Newport Daily News
Wed, 07/28/2021

Shirley Samuels is quoted in the article, “Sullivan Ballou’s Civil War letter embodies love,” in the Newport Daily News.

"Also noting the differences in language and substance, Cornell University Professor Shirley Samuels states: 'Where the famous letter came from, I cannot presume to say.'”

Read the full article here.

Shirley Samuels teaches literature, history, and visual culture at Cornell University in the departments of Literatures in English, American Studies, History of Art and Visual Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Samuels is working on a monograph, currently titled "Democratic Witness," on witnessing, testimony, and culture in the United States. Most recently, Samuels edited Race and Vision in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. (2019).

Headshot of Shirley Samuels