Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Book Brings Civil War Letters to Light

Although PMP is known for its books on market research and market segments, once in a while we go off topic for a book that excites us. No, it's not about the New York City marathon, but it was written by one of the elite women runners in this year's event.

Katherine M. Aldridge (Katie) brought us a book that includes more than 100 letters from a Union soldier to his wife, written between June 1861 and January 1865.  Katie found these letters, which she painstakingly transcribed and lightly edited over a period of about 3 years, in the carriage house on a historic farm that she had purchased in upstate New York. Imagine, letters that were thrown in a cardboard box and not seen for 150 years.

Keith Poulter, Publisher of North and  South Magazine got an early look at the letters and told us, "These letters are a major find. There are, of course, thousands of letters that have found their way into print. But these are some of the best I have seen. "

No Freedom Shrieker is particularly important because the soldier, Charles Freeman Biddlecom, was the product of a Quaker environment in the communities of Macedon and Farmington, New York, where the abolitionist movement had many leaders and a strong following.

The book is now available here.  Even if you aren't a Civil War buff you probably know someone who is and this is the perfect gift. 

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