Donald C. Maness

Donald C. Maness is the dean of the College of Education at Arkansas State University and a professor in the Teacher Education department. He is an avid Civil War enthusiast.

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Do They Miss Me at Home? · The Civil War Letters of William McKnight, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
Edited by Donald C. Maness and H. Jason Combs

William McKnight was a member of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry from September 1862 until his death in June of 1864. During his time of service, McKnight penned dozens of emotion-filled letters, primarily to his wife, Samaria, revealing the struggles of an entire family both before and during the war.

“The letters of William McKnight … allow the reader to ride alongside McKnight as he patrols contested terrain and worries over John Morgan’s raid through his hometown, and they remind us of the sacrifices that the war exacted from families as soldiers fought to protect their homes and country and shape the nation for future generations.”

Christine Dee, editor of Ohio’s War: The Civil War in Documents