My Dear Sara: Civil War Letters 1861-1865

Our shipmate Bob Adams (USNA ’73) comes from one of THOSE military families… he and his ancestors have fought in every war since dogs & cats first squared off.

Bob has just published in book form the letters of his great-great-grandfather Corporal Edwin J. Barden (Ned), who wrote them to his girl Sara (and later his wife) while assigned to General Grant’s Civil War headquarters from 1861-1865.

As a soldier in the 7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment, Ned documented Union army and navy battles, weapons, travels, and movements. These letters provide an up-close soldier’s view of life on the front lines, and include officer assessments, horrid weather, transient housing, poor food, hung deserters, and valiant “colored” forces fighting battles in Texas long after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox.

Experience through Ned’s eyes this horrid time in American history with a real-time view of Civil War life, leadership, and a love that sustained two people. Ned and Sara married in 1864 and built a family that spawned five generations of American fighting men.

Buy it on Amazon today!

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