The long memory of the Civil War

Our sponsor this week is Nick K Adams, and his book My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters From a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer is a remarkable document. Adams has transcribed his great-grandfather's letters about going to war, and offered context and editorial notes to help explain his experience.

The letters span a number of years, from their author, David Brainard Griffin, signing up, through battles and the pain of missing a family when away at war. It's a moving, startling document, remembering just what soldiers have gone through, just as long as we've had wars. You can read excerpts from two letters on our sponsor's page. This book would be a great holiday gift for that person on your holiday list who loves history, and for whom the Civil War might hold some contemporary parallels.

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